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Statistics for Business I

  • Spring 2021
  • Section E01
  • 3 Credits
  • 01/09/2021 to 05/11/2021
  • Modified 01/10/2021


Course emphasis is on applications of statistics in business. Topics include methods of presenting data, numerical measures and correlation, probability theory and probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing.


(MATH 1111 or MATH 1113 ) and CISM 2201 and Richards Col Upper Division RCUD

Contact Information

Instructor: Dr. WILLIAM J. (Joey) SMITH

I much prefer Joey over "Dr. Smith." Since I am off campus most of the time, email [email protected] is the quickest way to get in touch with me at the moment. I will be adding additional contact info soon.

Office Hours

  • Thursdays
  • Online

Thursdays TBA, Online by Appointment. Please, contact me using my campus email address ([email protected]). I do not utilize the email function in CourseDen. If I need to individually contact students in the class, I will do this via your official university email address. However, I may post announcements impacting the entire class in CourseDen Announcement tool.

Meeting Times

Online Lectures

  • Uploaded Weekly
  • Online


Introductory Business Statistics

  • Author: Holmes, Illowsky, & Dean
  • Publisher: OpenStax
  • Edition: Sep 02, 2020
  • ISBN: 10: 1-947172-47-6
  • Availability: Free online
  • Price: Free


Students will:

- construct and interpret tabular and graphical methods of presenting qualitative and quantitative data.

- construct and interpret summary numerical measures of location, variability, and association for the sample and the population.

- apply basic probability concepts, expected value, and variance to a variety of business applications

- use discrete and continuous probability distributions and sampling distributions in a variety of business applications.

- construct and interpret interval estimates and be able to determine the required sample size for constructing interval estimates.

- estimate regression models, evaluate the results of regression models, and use the results for prediction and forecasting.

- use Microsoft Excel to generate descriptive statistics and perform regression and correlation analysis.


Grading in the course will be based on your performance on four tests, in-class quizzes and other activities as well as a take home Excel regression assignment. The examinations will be composed of short answer, calculation-based, and multiple-choice questions based on class lecture/discussion and on the assigned videos from the Against All Odds video series and narrated PowerPoints. Each of the exam will be worth 20% of your grade. A missed exam will result in the comprehensive final replacing the missed exam. All exams will be conducted in CourseDen (online). For students who have completed all four exams, I will allow the final to replace your lowest exam grade (assuming the grade on the final is better than one of the other exams). 20% of your final grade will be based on your performance on quizzes and other assignments, which includes an Excel regression assignment (see below for details). The in-class quizzes will be based on material in the Against All Odds videos. There are no makeups for any missed in-class quiz or activity (without an official verified excuse).




Exam 1

Exam 2

Exam 3

Exam 4

Final Exam (optional or as a makeup)

Exams Comprise 80% of the final grade


There will be six quizzes and one Regression Assignment

Quizzes and Assignments Comprise 20% of the final grade


ECON 3402 Anticipated Course Schedule, Topics, and Assignments/Important Dates




Section 1


Intro to Course

Video Introduction (Joey Smith)


Module 1: Sampling and Data

Chap 1 Sampling and Data PDF Reading

Topic 1 PowerPoint: Sampling and Data

Watch Against All Odds videos (Programs 1, 16, and 17)


Module 2: Descriptive Statistics

Chap 2 Descriptive Statistics PDF Reading

Topic 2 PowerPoint: Descriptive Statistics - Part I and Part II


Module 2: Descriptive Statistics

Topic 2 PowerPoint: Descriptive Statistics - Part III

Watch Against All Odds videos (Programs 2-6)

Online Quiz #1 Opens

(covers Modules 1&2)


Module 3: Probabilities

Chap 3 Probabilities PDF Reading

Topic 3 PowerPoint: Probabilities

Online Quiz #1 Closes 11:30PM


Self-Directed Review of Modules 1-3

Online Quiz #2 Opens

(covers Module 3)


All of Modules 1-3

Online Quiz #2 Closes

Online Exam #1 Opens

(covers Modules 1, 2, & 3)


All of Modules 1-3

Online Exam #1 Closes 11:30PM

Section 2


Module 4: Discrete Random Variables

(Binomial Distribution)

Chap 4 Discrete Random Variables PDF Reading

Topic 4 PowerPoint: Discrete Random Vars - Binomial Dist.

Watch Against All Odds videos (Programs 18-19)


Module 4: Discrete Random Variables

(Poisson Distribution)

Topic 4 PowerPoint: Discrete Random Vars - Poisson Dist.

Watch Against All Odds videos (Programs 20-21)


Module 5: Continuous Random Variables

(The Uniform Distribution and others)

Chap 5 Continuous Random Variables PDF Reading

Topic 5 PowerPoint: Continuous Random Variables

Online Quiz #3 Opens

(covers Module 4)


Module 5: Continuous Random Variables

(The Uniform Distribution and others)

Online Quiz #3 Closes 11:30PM

(I may be unavailable from 2/11 to 2/13 due to a conference)


Module 6: The Normal Distribution

Chap 6 The Normal Distribution

Topic 6 PowerPoint: The Normal Distribution

Watch Against All Odds (Programs 7-9)


Module 6: Normal Distribution

TBA - Forthcoming


Module 6: Normal Distribution

Online Quiz #4 Opens

(covers Modules 5 & 6)


All of Modules 4-6

Online Quiz #4 Closes 11:30PM

Online Exam #2 Opens

(covers Modules 4, 5, & 6)


All of Modules 4-6

Online Exam #2 Closes 11:30PM

Section 3


Module 7: Central Limit Theorem

Chap 7 Central Limit Theorem PDF Reading

Topic 7 PowerPoint: Central Limit Theorem

Watch or Review Against All Odds (Programs 16-17; 22)

3/4/2021 Last Day to Withdraw with a Grade of W from Full Session Classes (that applies to us!).


Module 7: Central Limit Theorem

TBA - Forthcoming


Module 8: Confidence Intervals

Chap 8 Confidence Intervals PDF Reading

Topic 8 PowerPoint: Confidence Intervals

Watch Against All Odds (Programs 23-24)

Quiz #5 Opens

(covers Modules 7 & 8)


Module 8: Confidence Intervals

Quiz #5 Closes 11:30PM




TBA - Forthcoming



Online Exam #3 Opens (covers Module 7 & 8)



Online Exam #3 Closes 11:30PM

Section 4


Module 9: Hypothesis Testing with One Sample

Chap 9 Hypothesis Testing PDF Reading

Topic 9 PowerPoint: Hypothesis Testing

Watch Against All Odds (Programs 25-26)


Module 9: Hypothesis Testing with One Sample

Watch Against All Odds (Programs 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14)



TBA Forthcoming


Module 9 and 10: Hypothesis Testing with One Sample/Linear Regression & Correlation

Chap 9 & Chap 13 Hypothesis Testing and Regression

Topic 10 PowerPoint: Linear Regression & Correlation (Chap 13 in text)


Module 10: Linear Regression & Correlation

Chap 13 Linear Regression & Correlation

Online Quiz #6 Opens

(covers Module 9)


Module 10: Linear Regression & Correlation

Online Quiz #6 Closes 11:30PM


Module 10: Linear Regression & Correlation

Regression Assignment Opens

(covers material from Module 9 & 10)



Online Exam #4 Opens

(covers Modules 9 and 10)



Online Exam #4 Closes 11:30PM

End of New Materials



Regression Assignment Due





Reading Day

Reading Day

5/5/21 - 5/11/21

Final Exam Week (Optional)**

Actual Date of the Final Exam Determined by the Scoop and/or the UWG Academic Calendar. I will update this syllabus soon.


Final Grades Due to Registrar’s Office

Final Grades Due to Registrar’s Office

Note: The chapters covered on each test are subject to change. The chapters to be covered on each test will be announced in the CourseDen Announcement Tool before the test. The scheduled test dates/times will not change unless the university is officially closed on one of those days, cancelling both face-to-face and online classes. Your decision to take the final exam is YOUR decision, not mine; However, if you do not take the final, your grade will be based on your previous four exam grades and quizzes and/or assignments, NO MATTER WHAT THOSE GRADES ARE. Given that exams and quizzes/assignments are online and open over multiple days, only a valid physician’s note (verified via our health center’s office) will be accepted to obtain more time. No excuse is necessary to substitute the comprehensive final for one of the four regular exams. If you take all five exams, only the highest four will be used to determine your final grade.

College/School Policies

Wolf Pact

Having read the Honor Code for the University of West Georgia, I understand and accept my responsibility to uphold the values described therein and to conduct myself in a manner that will reflect the values of UWG and the Richards College of Business so as to respect the rights of all UWG community members. As a UWG student, I will represent myself truthfully and complete all academic assignments honestly and within the parameters set by my instructor.

I understand and accept that if I am found guilty of violations (through processes due me as a UWG student and outlined in the UWG Student Handbook), penalties will be imposed.

I also recognize that my responsibility includes a willingness to confront members of the UWG community if I feel there has been a violation of the Honor Code.  

Ultimately, I will conduct myself in a manner that promotes UWG as the best place to work, learn, and succeed for my generation, and those to come!

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