University of Utah
MATH 107, Intro to Statistics (4 credit hours [quarter]) Mark C. Hampton,
Winter Quarter, 1995

  1. Needed Service: Non-profit service agency which re-quires survey research for program evaluation, grant applications, or client needs assessment will be identified by instructor. Students who wish to participate will sign up for a group which will provide one of the following four services: meeting with agency and developing a survey instrument, conducting survey, compiling and coding data, and analyzing data. All students participating will report on the findings of the project. The instructor will select one report to present to the agency.

Possibilities for service project: evaluation of youth gardening project for Wasatch Fish & Gardens; nutritional needs assessment for refugee clients of Wasatch Fish & Gardens or New Hope Refugee Friendship Center; access to health care for homeless, elderly or non-English speaking clients of a service agency.

2. Relationship between Course and Project: This project will give students hands-on experience with data collection, experimental design, statistical analysis and reporting the statistical results of a survey.

3. Activities to Connect Service Experience to Learning: Since all participating students will be required to write a final report to the agency, all students will have an opportunity to use techniques learned in the class in a service setting. Furthermore, depending on the participating agency, students may have the opportunity to determine the needs and concerns of the participating agency, to meet with agency's clients, or to analyze client responses and test agency's hypotheses about clients or programs.

4. Assessing the Learning Derived from Participation: Learning will be assessed in several ways. Final reports will be graded and will count as 10% of students' final course grade. Since not all students will be working directly with the agency, the agency will not be asked to provide an evaluation. Instead, students themselves will be asked to provide two grades: one for how well they felt their group met the needs of the agency, and one for their own participating in the group. The average of these two grades will also count as 10% of the final course grade. (Note: Students who participate in the service project will waive one midterm examination which would otherwise count as 20% of the final grade. Students who do not participate will not be able to waive this exam.)

5. Evaluation of Service Recipients: Since not all groups will be meeting with the agency, only the overall project will be evaluated. Agency will be asked to evaluate the project and the final report.

6. Civic Education: This project will offer students an excellent opportunity to learn about a community service organization and how statistics plays an important role in the evaluation of community service. Students will be encouraged to learn as much as they can about the agency and the population it serves, and also learn how this knowledge makes them better researchers. Furthermore, students will develop a better understanding of the role of service agencies in our community.

7. Knowledge Enhancing Service: Students in a statistic course learn valuable analytical skills. Thee service component of this course would enable them to put these skills to use in the community as they learn them, and would give a service agency the opportunity to evaluate its programs.

8. Group Learning: Since students will be working in groups and will be responsible for a vital part of the project, they will have an opportunity to learn from each other in the context of the service project. Class discussions and reflection sessions for all project participants will further afford opportunities for students to share their experiences and learn from the process and development of the service project.

MATH 107-4 WINTER 1995

Instructor: Mark C. Hampton

Office: 110 Park Building, 581-7400

Text: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, Moore and McCabe.

Prerequisite: Math 101 or equivalent. Students who have taken one quarter or more of calculus will not receive credit for this course and must take Math 307.

Description of Course: This course provides a comprehensive introduction to statistics. Students should be comfortable with basic algebra before attempting this course. Students should bring a calculator to all lectures and exams. The first ten chapters of the textbook will be covered, which means that approximately one chapter will be covered each week. Occasionally, sections of certain chapters will be skipped

This section of Math 107 is offered with a service-learning option. Students who wish to participate in the service-learning part of this course will take part in a statistical survey of a community service agency. Students may opt to participate in this project during the first -week of class. Students participating in the service learning project will be expected to attend weekly meetings and to participate in one phase of the project. Students who participate will also be required to write a short report of the project. Participants will be graded, and this grade will be used in lieu of the lower of the two midterm scores (See below). Details of the project and areas of participation will be finalized in the first meeting, which will be scheduled on the first Thursday of class.

Lectures: Class will be held from 7:15 - 9:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. New material will be discussed on Tuesdays and for the first half of the Thursday session. Problems will be worked on the last half of Thursdays, and a quiz will be given at the end of the Thursday session. Two midterms will be given; both during the last half of the Thursday session.

Homework: Approximately 10 to 20 homework problems will be assigned on Tuesdays (see reverse). These will be discussed on the following Thursdays. Students will not turn in worked assignments, but will be expected to work all suggested problems.

Quizzes: A short quiz will be given at the end of class each Thursday. These quizzes will be based on the homework to be discussed that evening. After dropping the two lowest quiz scores, the remaining quizzes will count for 20% of the final grade. Quizzes will be given in the last 15 minutes of class. No makeup quizzes will be given under any circumstances.

Exams: Two one-hour midterm exams and a two-hour final exam will be given. Students will need to bring picture i.d. to each examination. Each midterm will count for 20% of the student's final grade, and the final exam will count for 40%. Exams will include questions from the homework, lectures, and text. Students will not be permitted to make-up exams. In cases of severe sickness, with prior approval from the instructor and a note from a physician, students may drop one midterm.

Students who participate in the service learning project associated with this class may replace the lower of their two midterm scores with their final project grade in the service-learning project.

Grading. As described above, the students grade will be calculated as follows:

         Quizzes        20%   Thursdays, two worst scores dropped
         Midterm 1         20%     Thursday, January 26, 8:15 - 9:15 
         Midterm 2         20%     Thursday, February 23, 8:15 - 9:15 
         Final Exam        40%     Tuesday, March 14, 7:15 - 9:15 

Students may withdraw up to the last day of the quarter (March 10, 1995) with the instructor's approval. No incomplete grades will be given under any circumstances.

As mentioned above, the final project grade given to participants in the service-learning project may be used in place of the lower of the two midterm grades.

Resources: Students are urged to make use of several resources when in need of assistance. Students should feel free to contact the instructor (581-7400, during working hours) to schedule an appointment to discuss the course. Free tutors for math courses are available in Bldg. 129 according to the posted schedule. Paid tutors ($3/hour for first 5 hours) are available through the University Tutoring Center (330 SSB5 581-5153).

                                        Date: Wed, 27 Dec 1995 13:45:51 MST
                                        From: Renee Buchanan <RBUCHAN@ssb1.saff.utah.edu>