Stat 300 Class Assignments
THREE TYPES OF COURSE ASSIGNMENTS
1. Chapter Note Packets
2. Online Homework Assignments
3. Pencil & Paper Assignments
PROCESS FOR COMPLETING ASSIGNMENTS:
1. Open Lecture Notes & Powerpoints and Print the Chapter Notes Packet for each chapter.
2. Complete the Notes Packet for each chapter: by watching the video lectures from the Video Lecture Archive (recommended) or by reading through the corresponding Chapter Powerpoint slides for each chapter.
3. Read Textbook Chapter as needed to clarify additional details & practice Example Problems provided in the text. (Homework problems also include links to the textbook pages for each concept)
4. Complete the Online Homework Assignments after you complete each section of the notes packet. Keep up with Weekly Homework Schedule.
5. When you reach a Pencil & Paper Assignment (near the end of each chapter), follow the directions to complete the written assignment, check your answers (*in a different color pen) against the posted solution and bring the written and corrected assignments with you when you come to take the next exam.
6. Post any questions you have on assignments, course concepts or course policies on the blackboard Discussion Board (students earn extra credit for answering a fellow student's question--and I add my two cents whenever it helps to clarify issues)
7. Submit your Notes Packets & Pencil & Paper Assignments to your instructor for credit when you come to take each unit exam.
I. CHAPTER NOTES PACKETS
Chapter Notes Packets: The course webpages contain Chapter Notes Outlines for each chapter. These can be downloaded in two forms:
• Download the printable PDF version of the document to complete the lecture notes. Graphics, symbols and formatting do not always transport cleanly in the WORD version of the lecture notes, so the PDF version is recommended for printing.
• The WORD version of the notes packets is available if you want to copy or edit portions of your notes packets when you build your 1-page "formula sheet" to use during exams. (Note: Exam "formula sheets" may not include examples , but may include any formulas, terms or definitions you find important.)
Completing the Notes Packets: Online students can complete each chapter Notes Packet by --Watching the instructor's archived lecture videos that have been saved on the CRC server. In-classroom students will complete the notes packets during on-campus class. -- Powerpoint Lectures from your instructor correspond to each of the Chapter Notes Packets--and are the "instructional lessons" for the course and are the basis for the classroom lectures & the lecture videos.
II. ONLINE HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS (Course Compass)
Online Homework: Online Homework can be accessed by using "Do Homework" link from the course menu on the opening page of our course website at www.coursecompass.com . Online homework has system requirements of: Windows XP, Vista or Windows7 with Internet Explorer 8.0 or 9.0 ; Firefox 7.0 or 8.0; Chrome 15 or 16 --Or-- Mac 10.6.8 or 10.7 with Firefox 8.0, Chrome 15 or 16, or Safari 5.1. Software necessary to access the homework problems is installed by the BROWSER CHECK/INSTALLATION WIZARD as part of the Course Orientation Task List during Course Orientation. Computers are available on campus in the Math Center, LRC 205 and the campus computer lab, LRC 204.
Homework Due Dates: The Weekly Homework Schedule - is REQUIRED for both on-campus class and for the online classes.
Online Homework Due Dates: No additional homework credit can be earned after the due date for that assignment has passed. (A famous pitfall of online courses happens when course structures allow a student to fall so far behind they have to "cram" several chapters worth of material into the three or four days before an exam. This is never successful. For best success, keep up with the Weekly Homework Schedule as much as possible.)
Homework Credit for Online Assignments: Students have complete control over their homework grade for each online homework assignment. If a question is marked as "incorrect" use the "Similar Problem" button at the bottom of the homework page to redo that problem for full credit. To be prepared for the exams, students should try EVERY problem in EVERY assignment. Each homework assignment is worth 10 pts, and is awarded full credit if it is completed before the unit Exam date with at least an 80% score. Students are encouraged to get 100% on each assignment, but you MUST earn at least a 80% for full credit. This means you don't have to redo problems that have been marked wrong because of rounding errors. And you can redo sections of problems without worrying about redoing the entire problem, as long as you have earned at least an 80% overall score for that assignment.
HOMEWORK completed BEFORE posted due date:
• If your online HW score is 80% or better >> earns 10 pts (full credit)
HOMEWORK completed AFTER posted due date:
• If your Late HW score is 90% or better- 10 % (LATE penalty) = 80% >> earns 7 pts (partial credit)
HOMEWORK that remains at 79% or less by posted exam date >> earns 0 pts.
Homework Questions: Students with questions on homework should post their question on the Discussion Board for classmate response-- classmates earn extra credit for answering a posted question.
III. CHAPTER END-PENCIL & PAPER ASSIGNMENTS
Course assignments also include work done by hand. At the end of each chapter, these "pencil and paper" assignments model the type of written questions you might see on an the written exam. They are intended to check for understanding of the major points of the chapter and to practice showing your work on paper--both skills critical to success on exam. Your homework schedule in Course Compass will show when the Pencil and Paper Assignments are assigned (usually near the end of chapters.)
Homework Credit for Pencil & Paper assignments: Pencil & Paper assignments are:
-- Printed and completed by hand,
-- Corrected by hand using a different color pen by comparing your answers to the posted solutions,
-- Submitted with your chapter notes packets when you come to take your exams.