Instructor : Dr. Thomas Andrews

Office : 313 Anderson Hall

Phone : 610-436-1082

E-mail :

Class Time : TR 6-10

Classroom : AND215

Office Hours : TR  5:00Pm-6:00Pm

web page:


This course teaches students how to develop testable hypotheses and use hypothesis testing to analyze data and answer questions. This course also covers confidence intervals, analysis of variance, simple regression, multiple regression, and correlation.  The course will stress practical business applications of statistical theory.  Students will be required to perform regression and an analysis of variance using Excel and another statistical package and interpret the results.  



To be successful in this course, students must be able to manipulate data and formulas using a spreadsheet package such as Excel.  Other prerequisites are: MAT105 or MAT107 or MAT110 or MAT108, and ECO111 or ECO112.    


The textbook is

Berenson, Levine and Krehbiel, Basic Business Statistics: Concepts and Applications, Custom edition for WCU, ISBN: 978-0-558-12097-9


Midterm 1                                            20%

Midterm 2                                            20%

Final Exam                                           20%

HW Assignments  (including class notes) 20%

Project                                                  20%

There will be two mid-term exams and one final exam in this course. Students are responsible what has been covered in class.



Students will be assigned a minimum of 4 homework assignments on the quizzes section of d2L.  In addition, students are required to keep class notes in their drop box in D2L.  These notes will be assessed for accuracy and completeness.


Students must provide typed on a word processor the following:

1. A cover page with name of student, name of course, course numbers, and semester of course.

2. Each student should collect at least 50 observations per column, at least four columns from primary, reliable and published sources or their own data.

3. Detailed information on sources used and a statistical and written description of the data

4. Run a regression of dependent variable on independent variables. Paste your results into a word document. Interpret the intercept. If the intercept does not have any meaningful explanation, state why it does not have a meaningful explanation.  For each coefficient, write the null and alternative hypothesis to test whether that independent variable has a significant effect on the dependent variable. Interpret all coefficients.  Use the model to make a prediction, and make a statement regarding the accuracy of your results.

5. Computer project is due on July 26 and must be submitted through d2L.  Submit two files 1) an excel sheet containing your data and 2) a word document with the results.  Projects will not be accepted if late, e-mailed, left in professor’s mailbox, or under professor’s office door, and a zero will be assigned for this project.  

The determination of your final grade is based on the following scale:

        A        93-100           B-        80-82                D+        67-69

        A-        90-92                C+        77-79                D        63-66        

        B+        87-89                C        73-76                D-        60-62

        B        83-86                C-        70-72                 F        59 and below


Students are strongly encouraged to attend every class.


We at West Chester University wish to make accommodations for persons with disabilities. Please make your needs known by contacting me and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at ext. 3217. Sufficient notice is needed in order to make the accommodations possible. The University desires to comply with the ADA of 1990.


West Chester University is committed to providing leadership in extending equal opportunities to all individuals. Accordingly, the University will continue to make every effort to provide these rights to all persons regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.


The business faculty is committed to vigorously enforcing the University’s academic dishonesty policy. At a minimum, students will receive a “0” on an assignment; at the maximum, students may be dismissed from the University. Academic dishonesty and plagiarism are defined in the Undergraduate Catalog. In the course project, your work must be entirely your own.


COURSE WEB PAGE (follow this link)  You can also reach any information related to course through D2L. Therefore it is your responsibility to check D2L.


Cell phone use during class is prohibited. Students cannot use their cell phones as calculators during the exam.


This is the planned schedule.  The exam dates may change.


Course Material Covered

Text Material

Week of June 28  






Review of descriptive statistics, normal distribution and sampling distributions.


     Confidence Intervals            

Human cannonball 


Chapters 3: Sections 1 and 2, Chapter 6: Sections 1, 2 and 3 and Chapter 7: Section 4

Chapter 8: Sections 1 and 2

Week 2


Confidence intervals around proportions; determining sample size;

Introduction to hypothesis testing

Human cannonball

Chapter 8: Sections 3 and 4


Chapter 9: Section 1


Week 3


Exam #1 (Review material through Confidence Intervals) Hypothesis testing

Two sample hypothesis tests

Chapter 9: Sections 1-4


Chapter 10: Sections 1-4

Week 4

Finish one and two sample tests

Exam #2 ( one and two sample tests)



week 5

Regression Analysis,

Project due

final exam (regression analysis)

Chapters 12 13 and 14


Beer data

Obesity PPT

Obesity Data


Box office PPT

Box office data


climate change

Data Entry form   

Published data

wikiposit data site

Interesting Data sites

The Pew Internet & American Life Project studies the social impact of the internet, focusing on topics including health, teens, and broadband.

BOWLING ALONE: THE COLLAPSE AND REVIVAL OF AMERICAN COMMUNITY:  In a groundbreaking book based on vast new data, Putnam shows how we have become increasingly disconnected from family, friends, neighbors, and our democratic structures-- and how we may reconnect.  Glassdoor is your free inside look at jobs and companies. Salary details, company reviews, and interview questions — all posted anonymously by employees and job seekers.


Professor Thomas Andrews

Summer 2011

I, _____________________________, have read the syllabus and fully understand the academic integrity policy as described herein and by the University.  As defined in the 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog of West Chester University, a violation of academic integrity includes the following: plagiarism, fabrication, cheating, academic misconduct, facilitating academic dishonesty, and breach of standards of professional ethics.


The University defines plagiarism as follows: “Plagiarism is the inclusion of someone else’s words, ideas, or data as one’s own work.  When a student submits work for credit that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references and, if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well… Plagiarism covers unpublished as well as published sources.” (West Chester University Undergraduate Catalog, 2010/2011)

I understand that the penalty for engaging in academic dishonesty and/or plagiarism may be expulsion from the business program and/or University. I further understand that it is my responsibility to make sure I understand how to correctly document the words and ideas of others.   Ignorance is not a legitimate defense for plagiarism.

It is our belief that honesty is the foundation of moral and ethical behavior.  Individuals who lead an honest life enhance the lives of themselves, their families, and their neighbors.  By maintaining one’s integrity, one gains the respect of others which is its own reward.  


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