Stat 100, Section 0103: Course Description
Course title: Elementary Statistics and Probability
Class time: MWF 12-12:50
Class location: Math 0106
Go to www.math.umd.edu/~mmb and click "Stat 100".
(NOTE: important course information will be posted on the website.)
Instructor: Professor Mike Boyle
Office: 4413 Math
Office hours: M2, Th4.
(I'm also usually available for a while after class.)
Johnson and Bhattacharyya,
"Statistics: Principles and Methods" (4th Ed.), J. Wiley
We will cover Chapters 1-2, 4-10 and 13, skipping some
sections as indicated in the detailed schedule of work. There
will also be MINITAB work and a few handouts.
The weighting in your grade points will be
(Point totals will be normalized to these weights.)
- 200 Final Exam
- 300 Midterm Exams (each of the three is 100)
- 90 Quizzes, and any nonMINITAB homework to be handed in
- 60 MINITAB exercises
(I will drop your two worst quizzes. There will be no makeup
Here is the correspondence of course grade and percentage
of possible points scored: A 90-100%, B 80-89%, C 70-79%, D 60-69%.
F 0-59%. It is possible (but by no means assured) that the curve
might be relaxed. The easy way to pile up points is on MINITAB and
Let us avoid them. Your excuse for missing a midterm
must be excellent if you are to have a makeup opportunity.
You should contact me as soon as possible if you miss a midterm.
If you know in advance you cannot miss a midterm, you must tell
me in advance (and it will then be easier to arrange something).
Homework and Quizzes.
Homework is very important.
The real learning goes on through your active efforts.
Except for the MINITAB assignments, little or no homework
will be handed in; however, homework will be heavily tested on
quizzes and exams. The purpose of the quizzes is to motivate
you to keep up with the homework.
Homework solutions on reserve.
Five copies of a manual of worked solutions to virtually all
homework problems are on two-hour reserve in the EPSL Library,
under the name Professor Boyle. These cannot be checked out
overnight and the fine for returning the manual late is painful.
Let me know if there is any access problem to the manuals.
Credit will be given for only one of the two courses, STAT 100 and MATH 111.
Students who have completed MATH 111 or any STAT, MAPT or MATH course
with a prerequisite of MATH 141 may not obtain credit for STAT 100.
Be familiar with the University's
code of academic integrity .
If you have some disability related to testing under the usual timed,
in-class conditions, you may contact the office of Disabled Students
Services (DSS) in Shoemaker. If they assess you as meriting private
conditions and/or extra time, then you may arrange to take your tests
at DSS, with extra time as they indicate. You must arrange this well in
advance of a test (in particular: no retakes).