Syllabus for IT-223

Joseph Mendelsohn, M.D.


Summary of the course

Application of statistical concepts and techniques to a variety of problems in IT areas and other disciplines, using a statistical package for simple data analysis. Course topics include descriptive statistics, elementary probability rules, sampling, distributions, confidence intervals, correlation, regression and hypothesis testing.


Textbooks and printed resources

You have several choices here. The officially required text is: Moore, McCabe, and Craig, Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, Seventh  Edition, W. H. Freeman and Company. Please note that ANY edition is fine! Statistics really doesn't change much from year to year, so by all means, feel free to purchase a used textbook even if it is from an older edition. In fact, any statistics textbook that explains things in a way that works well for you is just fine.

But do be sure to get a book. Even if it's 'Statistics for Dummies' - get something! It simply isn't possible to take in all you need to know by coming to class and reviewing Powerpoint slides.

DEFINITELY consider:  Humongous Book of Statistics Problems ($14 at In spite of its title, the book is not daunting. It is an inexpensive book of exercises with explanations. Doing lots of problems is the key to getting through the course, so this book will be as useful - if not more so! - than the required text


MAT 130 or another college algebra course


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·         Course web page:  http:/   Everything comes from here.

·         Office Hours (see below for times & locations)

·         Tutoring

·         Discussion Group – access this group via D2L – not in all quarters

·         Software resources and useful websites:  See ‘Resources’ from the course web page


The course web page:

Your one-stop-shop for this course.


•         Announcements

•         Assignments

•         Course documents

•         Lecture notes (PowerPoint slides)


Lecture notes:  Notes and files for each lecture will be posted at least one day before lecture (for in-class sections).  However, please note that I reserve the right to make updates at any time. I would recommend that you print out the lecture slides (if you choose to) no earlier than the day before lecture.  They will typically be in Powerpoint format. If you don’t have PowerPoint, you can download a free viewer here.



Eco-Friendly Statistics:

I definitely recommend printing slides so that you can take notes during lecture as needed. However, you can save paper by printing 6 slides on a page, as follows:

•         Select File→Print.

•         Under “Print what”, select Handouts.

•         Select 6 slides.

•         I strongly recommend that you print out the presentations ahead of time and bring them to class with you. This will enable you to scribble quick notes or “star” important concepts, etc.   


Office Hours:

·         See this page.Obviously, this does not apply to online-only students. However, online students are always welcome to come to office hours.



Tutoring:  Free – make use of it!  See link to the tutoring page under the General Course Resources link on D2L. Again, this may not always be applicable to online-only students.



5. Class Discussion Group:  Some people have found such groups very helpful in the past. I would encourage my DL students in particular to try it out.  Discussion groups will typically only be made available when courses are being recorded for distance learning. I will discuss this in class.



6. Required software and other resources:  You will need to make use of several of the resources listed under General Course Resources.

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Please remember that anything you do in the classroom directly affects people around you.  Doing any of the following is distracting and disrespectful to your classmates and your instructor.  This includes:

-       Walking in to class late / Leaving class early (unless discussed with the instructor ahead of time)

-       Exiting the class during lecture (try to go to the bathroom, etc before class!)

-       Checking cell phones / blackberrys / pdas for texts, incoming calls, e-mails, etc

-       Surfing the web


Contacting me:


I will be much more willing to go over code, assignments, etc during office hours than via e-mail. 


When e-mailing me, it is very important that you include your name and section number (not course number) in the subject. I have a pretty stringent spam-filter on my e-mail, so if you don’t do this, your e-mail may well end up missed in my spam folder.

Eg:  Subject: Jon Stewart, 702, question on assignment #2




All assignments are submitted via Course Online (see above).

All assignments are due 10 minutes before class time.

Late assignments will NOT be accepted


Assignments will be posted almost every week, starting this week, and are due 10 minutes before class time.



·         Assignments (lowest grade is dropped): 45%

·         Quizzes 20%

·         Midterm Exam: 15%

·         Final Exam: 20% - You MUST pass the final exam to pass the course.


Grading Scale:





93 or above


73 - <77


90 - <93

A -

70 - <73

C -

87 - <90

B +

67 - <70

D +

83 – <87


60 - <67


80 – <83

B -

less than 60


77 – <80

C +






Attendance for tests is mandatory and makeups will not be offered. A score of 0 will be recorded if a test is missed without prior consultation. The only exceptions considered will be medical absences, and these must be documented by a physician's note.


PLuS Program for Students with Learning Disabilities

The Productive Learning Strategies (PLuS) Program at DePaul University is a year-round comprehensive program designed to meet the needs of DePaul University students with specific learning disabilities and/or attention deficit disorders, as well as, associated disorders such as Asperger's Syndrome, Bipolarism, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, etc. The PLuS Program serves some 400+ students enrolled in colleges and schools university-wide, undergraduate and graduate, both full-time and part-time. Web page:


University/CDM Policies:

Online Instructor Evaluation

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over two weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online at



Email is the primary means of communication between faculty and students enrolled in this course outside of class time. Students should be sure their email listed under "demographic information" at is correct.


Academic Integrity Policy

This course will be subject to the academic integrity policy passed by faculty. More information can be found at



The university and school policy on plagiarism can be summarized as follows: Students in this course should be aware of the strong sanctions that can be imposed against someone guilty of plagiarism. If proven, a charge of plagiarism could result in an automatic F in the course and possible expulsion. The strongest of sanctions will be imposed on anyone who submits as his/her own work any assignment which has been prepared by someone else. If you have any questions or doubts about what plagiarism entails or how to properly acknowledge source materials be sure to consult the instructor.



An incomplete grade is given only for an exceptional reason such as a death in the family, a serious illness, etc. Any such reason must be documented. Any incomplete request must be made at least two weeks before the final, and approved by the Dean of the College of Computing and Digital Media. Any consequences resulting from a poor grade for the course will not be considered as valid reasons for such a request.