Statistics for the Health Sciences

Course Details

Course Number: 4123  Section Number: 30

Summer I 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: online

Days & Times:

online course



Course Attachments

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. James Johnston   
view Profile »

Course Objectives

 

Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

  • Utilize the measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion.
  • Use concepts of estimates and sampling error.
  • Utilize tests that analyze frequencies, correlations, and differences.
  • Understand the basic concepts of measurement and sampling.
  • Grasp the general principles of processing and presenting data.
  • Correlate the concepts of probability and the normal distribution curve.
  • Understand the factors that form the basis for statistical testing.

Course Expectations

Textbooks:

Fowler, J., Jarvis, P., & Chevannes, M. (2002). Practical statistics for nursing and health care. Wiley Publisher, ISBN#0471497169.

Methodology / Teaching Strategies:

Online delivery with asynchronous interactions between students and  students and teacher, interactive discussion, and application research activity


 


Grading Standards

 

Discussion Board Participation:

The discussion board is a mandatory component.  Assignments are made specifically for this board.  Students are expected to write formally (no shorthand or text messaging abbreviations) and use APA format and referencing where appropriate.  Thoughtful responses, constructive critique of fellow students, and meaningful participation are expected.  Keep in mind the discussion board is a formal assignment and part of your grade.

Grading / Evaluation:

Completion of this course is based on satisfactory performance on the following:

 Discussion board                      = 5%
            Quizzes                                    = 10%
             Unit One assignment                = 5%
             Unit Two assignment                = 10%
             Unit Three assignment              = 10 %
             Unit Four assignment               = 5%
             Unit Six assignment                  = 15%
             Unit Seven assignment             = 15%
            Comprehensive Final Exam       = 25%  

A letter grade will then be assigned according to the following scale:

    90% and above        = A
    80% - 89%              = B
    70% - 79%              = C
    60% - 69%              = D
    59% and below        = F


 


Final Exam8/2/2011  7:00 am CST

Submission Format Policy

 

Assignments / Activities:

In each of the units a quiz will be given using WebCT.  These quizzes are open book, open note but you will only have one hour to complete them and must be prepared as there will not be enough time to research every answer.  Quizzes must be completed prior to the expiration date below.  Quiz grades and answers will be released after the deadline of each quiz.  Specific questions regarding the quizzes may be addressed to the instructor.  Quizzes may NOT be made up if missed and a zero will be recorded.  No extra credit activities are available.

Assignments are a significant portion of the grade and represent application of the material studied.  All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit.  Points will be deducted for improper format.  Proper APA format must be used where appropriate.  Plagiarism will be graded harshly.  Assignments must be received prior to the deadline.  Late assignments are automatically dropped one letter grade per week past the due date and will NOT be accepted 3 weeks beyond the deadline.  A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline.  The final exam will be given using WebCT and will be comprehensive.  IT IS TO BE TAKEN WITHOUT THE BENEFIT OF BOOKS, NOTES, OR REFERENCES OF ANY KIND.  You are responsible for making arrangements for a proctor by contacting an official from one of the categories listed below.  THE ONLY ACCEPTABLE PROCTORS ARE:

  • College or University Testing Centers.
  • Texas Computer-based Testing Collaborative (In Texas Only) www.tcbtc.org/locations.html
  • Officials at military base education offices

No Proctor outside of the above areas will be approved.

APPROVAL IS AT THE DISCRESSION OF THE COURSE INSTRUCTOR


 



Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Assignments are a significant portion of the grade and represent application of the material studied.  All assignments are to be submitted as instructed in each unit.  Points will be deducted for improper format.  Proper APA format must be used where appropriate.  Plagiarism will be graded harshly.  Assignments must be received prior to the deadline.  Late assignments are automatically dropped one letter grade per week past the due date and will NOT be accepted 3 weeks beyond the deadline.  A zero will be recorded for assignments not submitted or meeting the final deadline.  T


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

 

Attendance:

This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to (see table below). I will be available to meet face-to-face with anyone who is interested. This meeting is NOT mandatory and please call in advance if you wish to meet.


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.