Probability and Statistics for Scientists and Engineers Course Information and Administration
Course Overview • Contact Information • About the Course • Objectives • Course Website • Blackboard • Homework • Exams • Course Project • Assignments • Info
Contact Information ProfessorJerrellStracener, Ph.D., SAE Fellow & AIAA Associate Fellow Office: 300 Caruth Hall Phone: 214.768.1535 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: EMIS Department PO Box 750123 Dallas, TX 75275-0123 EMIS Dept: Tammy Sherwood Phone: 214.768.1100 Fax: 214.768.1112 Website: http://lyle.smu.edu/~jerrells/courses/newCourses/emis7370_fall2011/
Office Hours By appointment only: Monday through Thursday • in my office • by phone email request for meeting to email@example.com
Assistant Becca Mokhtarpour: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 214.768.2005
Email Subject: EMIS 7370 – Key word(s) • Examples: • EMIS 7370-HW3 • EMIS 7370 - meeting To: Select Appropriate Person and copy other one • Jerrell • Becca
Course Schedule – Summer 2011 Tuesday Thursday 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM Location Caruth Hall 0179 First Class Tuesday, August 23 Exam1 Tuesday, Sep 27(On-campus) Sep 26 – 28 (Distance) Exam2 Tuesday, Nov 1(On-campus) Oct 31– Nov2 (Distance) Last Class Tuesday, Dec 6 Final Exam Thursday, Dec 8(On-campus)Dec 7– 9 (Distance) Please visit http://www.smu.edu/catalogs/calendar.asp for the official calendar
Course Description This course is an introduction to fundamentals of probability, probability distributions and statistical techniques used by engineers and physical scientists. Topics include basic concepts and rules of probability, random variables, probability distributions, expectation and variance, sampling and sampling distributions, statistical analysis techniques, statistical inference – estimation and tests of hypothesis, correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. Prerequisite : Math 2339
Course Objectives To prepare students with diverse technical backgrounds and objectives with fundamental probabilistic & statistical concepts, methods, and techniques for use in continuing graduate studies and in engineering & sciences through a balance of theory and application involving decision making, including situations in which uncertainty and risk are important. Emphasis is placed on problem definition, solution, interpretation of results, and presentation.
Course Textbook (Optional) No textbook is required (Instructor notes will be posted on website)Book for student reference:Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists Ronald E. Walpole, Raymond H. Myers, Sharon L. Myers, 9th ed., January 6, 2011.
Blackboard http://courses.smu.edu/ Blackboard is used for homework & project assignment submissions and all grade posting, including exams Click the User Login button on the left Type in your SMU Username and Password First-time users: type your 8 digit SMU ID number as both Blackboard Username and Password, then you can change the initial password Click on the [Login] button Click on the [EMIS 7370 / STAT 5340 (Fall 2011)] link under “My Courses”
Course Website Course website is used to post lecture material, resource material and student network Course website link: http://lyle.smu.edu/~jerrells/courses/newCourses/emis7370_fall2011/
Operating Mode Courses Materials and Homework Submission • Blackboard • Announcements • Homework Posting & Submission • Grades & Solutions • Homework Problems • Exam 1 and 2 • Final Exam (no solution provided) • Course Website • Course syllabus • Lecture Slides • Information & Resources • Student Network • References
Homework Assignments Homework problems (11 for credit) will be posted on Blackboard with the Due Dates Homework problem solutions shall be independent work Your grades will be posted on the Blackboard within 1 week of due date Review my solutions on Blackboard Retain a copy of everything you submit
Homework Submission Requirements Please submit the homework solution via Blackboard. Your id is your SMU id number. Your password is same as your SMU account password • Attach Local File • Submit For a submission problem, contact assistants Do not send zipped files, or other files which have been compressed. It is easier to optimize the file. Avoid scanning your work and sending it as a large image. This is an inefficient use of the internet. Make images 72 dpi, and use color only if necessary and do not use shading. These files may be printed, so please do not make the print area larger than 8.5” X 11”.
Homework Submission Requirements (Continued) Homework Solution Requirements • Electronic • Handwritten and Scanned • A zip or tar file containing multiple files is NOT acceptable • Each file less than 1M Preferred Homework Solution File Format • Acrobat PDF • Microsoft WORD • Microsoft Excel • Equation editor is worth your time to learn • Microsoft PowerPoint • Image Format (JPG)
Homework Problem Grading A maximum of 9.0 can be obtained if the answer is wrong, but method is correct If one part of the problem is marked down, subsequent parts that rely on this original part will not be marked down because of this error, but may be marked down for other reasons Assignments showing no method but only the correct answer will not receive more than a 5.0
Homework Problem Grading Individual assignments will receive a grade from 0 to 10 in 0.5 increments. Assignments will receive a 10 if and only if the answer is correct and the method for obtaining the answer is correct. If a student misinterprets a problem, but solves it correctly according to his misinterpretation, the assignment may receive a 10 if it covers the topics required and the misinterpretation is reasonable.
Homework Solutions Homework solutions • Adaptive Release • Will be available when grades are posted on Blackboard
Exams - Instructions All Exams will be either in-class on the date scheduledor proctored by an approved proctor. All exams are cumulative Open book and notes Calculator Required No PC nor wireless Device Turn cell phones off Clearly box your answers Independent work Staple, do not fold Write your name on each page 1 hour 15 minutes for exam 1 & 2 2 hours 45 minutes for final exam
Course Grade EMIS 7370 STAT 5340 Homework 25% 40% Exam1 15%15% Exam2 15% 15% Final Exam 30% 30% Project 15%
Assignments today HW 0 • Student Directory • Student Profile HW 11- Course Critical Evaluation Course Project
Assignment - Student Directory and Student Profile Student Directory • to promote the sharing of ideas and techniques for problem solving among students • to promote technology and information interchange • to facilitate networking Student Profile • to provide me (only) summary information Submit completed form via Blackboard within 1 week
Course Assignment and Grading SubmittalDue DateGrade % Assigned Aug 23, 2011 Project Plan Sep 27,2011 20 Presentation Charts Dec 06,2011 30 Final Report Dec 06,2011 50
Project Plan Scope Project may be broad in scope spanning a number of topics or, it may be focused on one or selected topics in the course topical outline. Motivation The project ideally will be undertaken in response to a real need by you and/or your organization, or it could be undertaken by a desire to obtain exposure in a new or different job environment or to increase your expertise or for technology interchange. Goal Describe what you want to accomplish.
Project Plan Description Describe your approach including strategy, objectives, needs, resource requirements, what you intend to achieve, statement & scope of work, risks, etc... Product Describe the product that you will produce & deliver Benefits To you and/or your organization
Project Plan - Continued Other Describe relationships of the project to your job, identify any assistance obtained Master Schedule Tasks & milestones along with your planned effort in hours Grading Criteria Description 5 Definition of tasks 10 Schedule 5 Total 20
Course Project Presentation Presentation Outline (Suggested): 20 minutes • Overview (Summary of Presentation) • Pictures/Diagrams ( to increase understandability) • Statement of Need and Problem • Analysis/Study/Evaluation/Etc • Results • Summary and Conclusions (key points) Grading Criteria Understandability 10 Follow-through 10 Results 10 Total 30
Course Project Report Table of Contents • Executive Summary • Introduction- Need, Problem, Objective, Approach • Ground Rules & Assumptions • Analysis/Study/Evaluation/Etc • Results • Summary and Conclusions • References • Appendix A_ Project Plan • Appendix B_ Project Presentation
Course Project Report (Continued) Grading Criteria Organization 10 Correlation with Course Topical Coverage 10 Technical Basis of Results 20 Summary and Conclusions 10 Total 50
Course Critical Evaluation – HW 11 Due within 8 hours after the final exam For each of the following categories identify and describe 3 best features 3 worst features one suggestion for improvement Overall Course Course Content - Topics and Organization Course Structure and Format Course Materials - Books, Handouts, References Tests and Grading Course Delivery - website, e-mail, network, etc... Guest Lecture Professor
Course Critical Evaluation – HW 11 (Continued) Course Evaluation Overall letter grade assigned for the course Grade =
Overall course 3 best features • The overall course went deep into statistics and probability and I learned a lot about things that relate to the real world • It had a logical pattern throughout the semester. I liked having only relevant material (notes) instead of using a book. I also am very grateful this tests are open note. • Prof. Stracener explained everything we would do in detail at the first class period. He showed exactly what we would be learning and what to expect. 3 worst features • Sometimes class was boring and it was difficult to stay concentrated. • The final exam was significantly more difficult than the midterm. It had some questions that did not resemble anything we had gone over. • I am taking this class for 4+1 and I wish the homework counted more as of our grade as a graduate class. Improvement • Make old exams or more practice questions available before tests
Course Content - Topics and Organization 3 best features • Everything was organized logically. Prof Stracener had that flow chart slide to show us how it all fits together. • All topics relate to some real life situation that we could be faced in at different companies. This will help us in the working world. • Organization was key throughout this class . The notes were organized, and by the time the midterm and final came around, my notebook was organized in the exact same manner. 3 worst features • Some of the topics in the notes we never went over (F distribution) and should have not been included in the notes. • The last 2 classes were over topics we wouldn’t be tested on and I would have rather them not be included. • There is really no other worst feature of the topics and organization. It was all very clearly stated in the first class and everything was followed through very logically. Improvement • Make the topics in the notes relevant to the test and remove those that aren’t.