Course Requirements (Distance Learning)

Prof. Apfaltrer (contact information)

Before taking this course

You should

  • have a BMCC email address and check it at least 2-3 times per week.
  • be familiar the internet, how to browse and download software.
  • have a personal computer to which you can download software.
  • know how to login and navigate blackboard.
    • you will have to download R (free software), which we will learn how to use for our course.
    • you will need *MS Excel* or the free software OpenOffice. We will be using this software as well.
  • have uninterrupted computer access at least 6 hours per week.
  • do all the homework on time.
  • be ready to read 30-40 pages of the book per week.
  • have a scanner available that can save documents in PDF format.
  • participate in online discussion boards and help your fellow students through the discussion boards.

In person meetings

  • There will be a mandatory in person first meeting on Wednesday 1/28/09 from 4 to 5:30 pm in S-171. In this meeting we will go over
    • the syllabus
    • the course requirements
    • how to download the software that you will need
    • how to start using that software and find tutorials/information on that software
    • how to collaborate online for the homework and exercises.


  • There will be a mandatory in person midterm on Wednesday 3/18/09 from __4 to 5:30 pm, which will count 20%.
  • There will be a mandatory in person final exam on Wednesday 5/20/09 from 4 to 5:30 pm, which will count 30%.


  • Homework assignments are posted in the schedule.
  • You will have homework assigned every week, and it will be due on Tuesday at 11:59pm of the following week. No late homework will be accepted!
  • Homework will be based on our textbook, sometimes you will need to download some additional files from this site.
  • Exercises to be done in R will be indicated with an R next to the homework exercise number in the schedule
  • Exercises to be done with a spreadsheet software (OpenOffice/Excel) will be indicated with an S next to the exercise number.
  • Exercises to be done by hand, explicitly as the book indicates, are denoted with a T for text. This exercises would have to be scanned and uploaded as PDF documents through BlackBoard's Digital Dropbox.
  • Exercises could be denoted by more than one letter, for example by RST, in which case you would have to do the same exercise with R, with a spreadsheet software and by hand!
  • If nothing is specified, you are free to do the exercises by hand, or with any computer software.
    • If done by hand, then you will need to scan it and save it in PDF format.
    • If done with computer software, the only acceptable formats are PDF, ODT, ODS, CSV, DOC, RTF, and TXT.
  • In either case, homework will have to be uploaded via BlackBoard's Digital Dropbox before the deadline: Tuesday at 11:59pm of the week after it was assigned. No late homework will be accepted!


Quizzes will be given weekly. They will be timed and will have to be solved individually in blackboard.


The required textbook is

  • John E. Freund and Benjamin M. Perles, Statistics, A first Course, Eight Edition, Pearson, Hardcover.

It can be bought at the bookstore or online, for example here.
You will be required to read a chapter per week, and the homework will be based on the book.

Online collaboration

You will need to collaborate online, on the blackboard forum to answer questions about the homework and other questions that I will post online.

Good posts will contribute towards your grade in this category.


Your grade will be split in the following way:

Homework 25%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 25%
Quizzes 15%
Online Participation 15%
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