Syllabus for Math 214 (Multivariable
Statistics)
Spring 2023 Semester at Lycoming College
Course Content
Topics
begin with a summary of introductory statistics (descriptive statistics, applications
of the normal distribution, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests about
means, and simple linear regression), after which topics covered will include
confidence intervals and hypothesis tests about variances, multiple regression
and regression diagnostics, oneway and twoway analysis of variance, multiple
comparison methods, analysis of covariance, stepwise regression, chisquare
tests, logistic regression, and various sampling methods. Heavy use is made of statistical software,
currently SPSS. The major goal of this
course is to provide the student with an overview of some advanced statistical
techniques and some applications in a variety of fields, such as business,
psychology, sociology, science, etc. This course can count as an elective
choice toward several majors and/or toward the mathematics distribution
requirement. Prerequisite: either MATH 123 or one of MATH 129 and MATH 130.
Course Goals
Since
this course counts toward the mathematics distribution requirement, goals for
this course include fostering critical thinking skills and preparation for
further work in the scientific traditions that require the collection and
statistical analysis of data. Since this
course can count for the mathematics major, goals for this course also include
developing the ability to assess the probability of a simple random event, to
interpret the result(s) of a statistical study, and to solve mathematical
problems with the use of technology.
Who Should be Taking This Course
This
course is designed for students who have either (1) taken Math 123
(Introduction to Statistics) and desire to study more sophisticated statistical
techniques, or (2) taken Math 128129 (Calculus I and II) and/or Math 130
(Matrix Algebra) and desire to study some sophisticated statistical techniques
without having to start with Math 123 (Introduction to Statistics). Students who do not satisfy one of these
course prerequisites will have their names removed from the roster.
Disability Support Services
In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act
(and its amendments) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Lycoming
College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with
documented disabilities that impact their learning experiences. The Office of
Academic Services Deans coordinates disability support services (DSS), and
students can contact (570) 3214358 or academicservices@lycoming.edu
to set up a confidential conversation about the disclosure and accommodation
process. The Office of Academic Services Deans is located in the second floor
of the Krapf Gateway Center. Further information
regarding DSS is available at: https://www.lycoming.edu/academicresourcecenter/disabilitysupport/. 

OFFICE
HOURS Find your instructor’s office hours at http://lycofs01.lycoming.edu/~sprgene/OffHrs.htm
, and write them here for
future reference. 

Tutoring
Free
Tutoring is available in the Math
Center, on the third floor of the Snowden Library, for students who want to
check homework answers for errors, get help doing homework, and ask questions
about class work. While tutors may need
to give some detailed explanations to help students with questions, it is
not the tutors’ job to teach material from scratch. (Students who miss class should get a copy of
class notes from the instructor, from a tutor, or from a classmate. It is then the student’s responsibility to
review the material, update notes, and direct any questions to a tutor, the
instructor, or a classmate.)
Required Materials
Each
student must have
·
a copy of the
textbook: Advanced and Multivariate
Statistical Methods for Social Science Research by Soleman
H. Abu‑Bader, © 2011 by Lyceum Books, Inc., ISBN = 978‑1‑933478‑82‑1
·
a threering
binder with (i) a section containing a copy of this syllabus together with the
course schedule and tutor schedule, (ii) a section containing the class
handouts, and (iii) a section containing data sets and exercises (Since
students will need to use this binder every day in class and will be allowed to
use this binder for exams, it should be kept uptodate and complete; also,
many of the exercises assigned both in and out of class will refer back to work
done in one or more previous exercises.)
·
a calculator (any
TI84 or TI83 calculator is recommended but not required) – students will need
to use the calculator almost every day in class, for completing many of the
required assignments, and on exams
·
a computer
account on the college network in order to use the SPSS statistical package;
will need copies of several files (mostly SPSS data files) which can be
accessed as follows:
Go to
drive named Courses (L:) on the
college network.
Go to the
folder named FAC_PRGS.
Go to the
folder named Sprechini.
Go to
the folder named Math_214.
Course Links
Selecting
the Proper Statistical Procedures
IMPORTANT NOTE about SPSS: The SPSS
statistical software is available anywhere on campus EXCEPT in the library.
Grading
Item 
Point
Values and Policies 
Homework 
Homework
assignments due on the next class are posted in red
on the course
schedule. Credit for handout homework exercises is
earned by taking the appropriate Moodle
quiz, and credit for SPSS homework assignment is earned by submitting a PDF
file of output in Moodle. Help with homework is available from the
tutors scheduled at Free
Tutoring. Handout homework exercises count for 15%
of the final grade, and SPSS homework exercises count for 15% of the final
grade; however, a student who misses submitting more than 10 homework
assignments automatically fails the course. 
Semester Tests 
Six
semester exams are given; specific dates are available from the course schedule. For each
missed test, a grade of zero is recorded, unless (1) the instructor is
presented with documented evidence of a medical reason for not completing the
test at the scheduled time, and (2) arrangements to make up the test are
made within 24 hours of the originally scheduled exam time. Semester
exams count for 40% of the final grade. 
Project Assignments 
Near
the end of the semester, there will be a project assignment involving the
formulation of a research question and the analysis of relevant data, and
together these count for 10% of the
final grade. 
Final Exam 
The
final exam (administered during final exam week) counts for 20% of the final grade. 
Attendance 
The
final course grade percentage is reduced by 4% for each unexcused absence after
the third unexcused absence; an absence is considered to be excused when the
instructor accepts an email from the student explaining the reason for the
absence. It is the student’s
responsibility to find out what was missed in class and keep up with the
coursework. Copies of class notes are
available at Class
Handouts and Exercises,
and the PowerPoint files used in class are available in Moodle. A student with more than 8 unexcused
absences automatically fails the course. 
The
final course letter grade is determined from the course average as follows: A = above 93.33% A– = 90% to
93.33% B+ = 86.67% to
90% B = 83.33% to 86.67% B– = 80% to 83.33% C+ = 76.67% to 80% C = 73.33% to 76.67% C– = 70% to 73.33% D+ = 66.67% to 70% D = 63.33% to 66.67% D– = 60% to 63.33% F = below 60% 
Tips for Success in This Course
(1)
Keep up with the homework  understanding every homework assignment as completely
as you can is the key to grasping the course material. Even though there will be some homework
assignments that you may not be required to submit, do them anyway, since they
will help you master the material. Check
all your homework answers with a tutor before submitting an assignment.
(2)
As part of your preparation for tests and the final exam, do all exercises
suggested for practice by the instructor, and start working on these early;
don't wait for the night before the test or exam.
(3)
Get your questions answered quickly by the tutor, the course instructor, or a
classmate.
(4)
Keep your binder uptodate and wellorganized, since you are allowed to use
the binder for exams.
General Standards and Policies
All work submitted must be of professional
quality. All paper must be neat, without
ragged edges, rips, tears, smudges, stains, etc. All answers must be clear, complete, and
concise; handwriting must be legible. If
the instructor can't read it, it's wrong.
Assignments may be downgraded if these standards are not met.
It can be very helpful for some
students to work together on daily assignments and to study together; this is
encouraged when it does not result in one student simply copying another's work
with no understanding. Acts of academic
dishonesty will result in a grade of F for the course, and a letter to the
Provost describing the circumstances. If
you are having problems in the course, talk to the instructor; don't involve
yourself in academic dishonesty. With each assignment submitted, students are
expected to write a short note at the end of the assignment indicating from
whom help was received and to whom help was given (but this does not affect the
grade for the assignment). The following
is from the FACULTY HANDBOOK in the section titled Student Course Load:
"It
is expected that students will spend, in preparation for courses, two hours of
study time outside the classroom for every hour of credit in the
classroom."
This
means that you should be prepared to spend, on average, eight hours per week
outside of class working on a fourcredit course; however, this will vary from
student to student and from course to course.
Your time will be spent reading the text, reviewing class notes, and
completing homework exercises.
If you encounter a problem while
working on assignments, do not spend more than 20 or 30 minutes trying to solve
the problem; if you cannot solve a problem in 20 or 30 minutes, even with the
help of a tutor or classmate, work on something else and show the problem to
the instructor of the course as soon as possible.