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ECON 3818-100 Introduction to Stats/Computer Applications
```ECON 3818-100
Introduction to Statistics with Computer Applications
Summer 2009
Instructor:
Dan Hickman
Class Meetings:
MTWRF 2:30-4:05, ECON 117
Email:
[email protected]
Office:
Econ 313
Office Hours:
Mondays and Thursdays 1-2:30, and by appointment
Course Website:
This is my website where you will go to find general information
and updates. I will post announcements, homework assignments,
practice exams, etc. on this site.
[email protected]
Recitations:
101 11:00-12:20 MW ECON 13
102 11:00-12:20 TR ECON 13
Course Description:
This course is designed as an introduction to statistics and econometrics. For
many of you, this may be your first course in statistics. As a result, one of the
main goals of the course is to cover a broad range of concepts and techniques, as
well as applications of these concepts. We will make use of Microsoft Excel at
various points throughout the course; however, this class is primarily a statistics
course, not a computer applications course.
Prerequisites:
Econ 1000 or 2010-2020 and Econ 1078-1088 or equivalent math courses
Textbook:
Intro Stats (3rd Edition) by De Veaux, Velleman, and Bock. This can be
purchased from the bookstore. This book is listed as “required”, but it is probably
more “highly recommended”. I will not require you to have the book in order to
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Technical Requirements:
We will occasionally use Microsoft Excel, which is available in all campus
computer labs, including the one in the basement of the Economics building. You
may find a graphing calculator (such as TI-83 or 84) useful, but I am not going to
require that you have one. You will want some form of calculator (NOT a cell
phone) for the exams.
The grades for the course will be based on the standard scale:
93-100%
90-92%
87-89%
83-86%
80-82%
77-79%
A
AB+
B
BC+
73-76%
70-72%
67-69%
63-66%
60-62%
below 60%
C
CD+
D
DF
Problem Sets - 10%
- These will be assigned at various points throughout the semester. We will
have 6 assignments, and I will collect them at the beginning of class on the
due date. I will drop your lowest score, so late problem sets will not be
accepted.
Recitation - 30%
- Your recitation score is determined by the teaching assistant. I reserve the
right to curve these scores as necessary.
Exam 1 (Thursday June 11th) - 30%
Exam 2 (Tuesday June 23rd) - 30%
Exam 3 (Thursday July 2nd) - 30%
In order to make this add up to 100%, I will drop the lowest of your scores from
recitation, exam 1, and exam 2. The score from exam 3 will count for everyone. If you
will not be able to take this exam on Thursday July 2nd at 2:30, you need to drop the
course.
NOTE: I will provide you with a list of formulas for the exams. I will let you know
before each exam which formulas will be provided.
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Tentative Course Schedule: (Subject to Change)
Part
I
II
III
IV
V
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Topic
Understanding and
Exploring Variables
Probability and Random
Variables
Exam 1
Sampling
Inferential Statistics
Exam 2
Relationships Between
Variables, Regression
Exam 3
Weeks
1
Chapters
2-6
2
14-17
Thursday 6/11
3
3,4
Tuesday 6/23
5
12-13
18-25
7-9, 26-27
Thursday 7/3
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Honor Code:
All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing
and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this
policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication,
lying, bribery, and threatening behavior. All incidents of academic misconduct
shall be reported to the Honor Code Council ([email protected]; 303-7252273). Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy
will be subject to both academic sanctions from the faculty member and non
academic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension,
or expulsion). Other information on the Honor Code can be found at
Expectations of Classroom Behavior:
Students and faculty each have responsibility for maintaining an appropriate
learning environment. Students who fail to adhere to behavioral standards may be
subject to discipline. Faculty have the professional responsibility to treat students
with understanding, dignity and respect, to guide classroom discussion and to set
reasonable limits on the manner in which students express opinions.
See polices at
Absences:
Campus policy regarding religious observances requires that faculty make every
effort to reasonably and fairly deal with all students who, because of religious
obligations, have conflicts with scheduled exams, assignments or required
attendance. Please notify me as soon as possible so that the proper arrangements
can be made. Students can see full details at
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Disabilities Statement:
If you qualify for accommodations because of a disability, please submit to me a
letter from Disability Services in a timely manner so that your needs may be
addressed. Disability Services determines accommodations based on documented
disabilities. Contact: 303-492-8671, Willard 322, and
Time extensions for exams must be approved by me prior to the exam. If you
have not talked to me personally prior to the exam you will not be granted an
extension.
Disability Services' letters for students with disabilities indicate
legally mandated reasonable accommodations. Other letters/requests you
may receive from agencies such as the Wardenburg Student Health Center,
or other health providers, such as physicians or counselors, are
recommendations you may choose to follow to assist students but are not
necessarily legal mandates. The syllabus statements and answers to
Frequently Asked Questions can be found at