Instructor: Dr. Marvin A. Hecht
Office Hours: will post; or you can call me to make an appointment
Time: T TH 2 - 3:45pm
Place: Alexandria Hall. Rm 317
Credit: 3 hours
Prerequisites: a math
Presentation of Material
The course will use the traditional lecture format, but it will be supplemented with occasional
overhead materials and videotapes to further illustrate the material. We will also incorporate
web technology into this course. This syllabus including relevant links is on the world
wide web and regular announcements will also be posted to the web
There is one textbook, available from the Louisana College bookstore.
Sprinthall, R. (1999). Basic Statistical Analysis. (6th ed).
New York: Allyn & Bacon.
There will be a quiz early on to see how you are studying,
and the material on this quiz will also be covered in the first test.
Your grade for this course will be determined mostly by a series of
four non-cumulative tests, as well as your attendance. There last test
will be given during the final exam period. Tests will be all multiple choice.
Breakdown of Grade:
Test Percent Chapters
The grading scale for this class will use a 10-point scale as follows:
A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 90 %, C = 70 - 80 %, D = 60 - 70 % , F for less than 60 %
This is the default scale, and I reserve the right to adjust this scale
slightly after examining the class distribution. I may choose to adjust any or all students upward,
but I will never adjust this scale downward.
You can and should use this scale in combination with the breakdown above to figure out
what your grade is at various points in the semester -- please do not come to me asking
what minimal score you have to make on the final to get a certain grade!
Policy Regarding Attendance
Louisiana College requires that strict tabs be kept on attendance. Accordingly, at the beginning
of each class, I will call roll at the beginning of each class. When your name is called,
please respond with Yes Sir or other appropriate audible feedback. A check will be placed next
to your name if you respond, and no check if you are not present.
It is important to be on time since I will not distinguish between tardys and absences.
Latecomers will be counted as absent
and they cannot have their attendance record corrected at the end of class. Missing class is bad
for two reasons: (a) if you miss more than 25% of the classes (for this class more than 11 absences)
then you automatically fail according to Louisiana College policy, and (b), even when you miss
some classes, this will also hurt you since a certain percentage of your grade will be based on
how good your attendance is--i.e. in this class you will gain points for having good attendance.
In this class, I will also not distinguish between excused absences and non-excused
absences. In other words, you will not be asked to provide a doctor's certificate for any absences,
nor am I interested in the reason for your absence. This allows your issues or reasons to remain
private, which they should. However, you should also realize that one disadvantage of this system
it that since people do occasionally get sick or have unexpected things happen to them, you may fall
short of having a perfect attendance record through no fault of your own.
If you need to leave in the middle of a class for any reason,
please either raise your hand and ask to be dismissed,
or let me know ahead of time so that there will be a minimum
of disruption to the flow of the class.
Policy Regarding Missed Exams
In the past, it has proven prohibitive to make up two copies of every test
and to coordinate times for makeup tests. Therefore, for this course, anyone
who misses a regularly scheduled test for whatever reason (I donŐt differentiate
among excuses) will not have an opportunity to write that particular test again.
Instead, he or she will be required to write a special exam on dead day just
before finals. This dead day exam will be held for all people
who have missed any regular scheduled test, and it will be a cumulative exam,
covering all of the material in the course, regardless of which test was missed.
It would therefore be much better not to miss a regularly scheduled test.
Realize also that getting sick may mean that you have to write this cumulative
exam through no fault of your own -- however this is the easiest
and most efficient way of dealing with a difficult situation.
Sept 4 Last day to register late
Oct 21 Midterm grades
Nov 2 Final day to drop this course with a W
Nov 30 Final day to drop this course with a WP or WF
Dec 15 Final grades handed into registrar, mailed shortly thereafter