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ACC 855 - Business Statistics C31

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Online Self-Study (OSS)
Hours of Study:
39 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
N/A
Course Anti-requisite(s):
N/A
Instructor Name:
Jeffrey O’Leary
Course Dates:
09/15/2019 - 02/22/2020



Required Course Materials:
Weirs, R. (2010). Introduction to Business Statistics. (7th ed.). Thomson South-Western.
Optional Course Materials:
N/A
Course Description:

Students are advised to retain course outlines for future use in support of applications for employment or transfer of credits.  Refer to the Policy & Procedure section for further course and Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) information. 

This course will provide students with a general understanding of statistical techniques commonly used in solving business problems and undertaking market research.  Topics include frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, dispersion, probability theory, sampling distributions, hypothesis testing of means and proportions, simple linear regression, correlation analysis, and multiple regression.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
  1. Apply a working knowledge of the statistical tools used in business
  2. Gather, organize, present and interpret statistical data
  3. Carry out statistical hypothesis tests for means and proportions
  4. Make predictions using simple linear regression
  5. Complete statistical significance tests regarding the linear equation, the slope coefficient, and the correlation coefficient
  6. Make predictions using multiple regression techniques and carry out statistical tests on the equation and the parameters
  7. Interpret statistical outputs from Minitab computer programs.
Course Evaluation

The final grade is calculated based on the following components:

 

Unit Quizzes (6) 18%
Mid-term Assignment 22%
Final Exam ​60%
TOTAL ​100%

 The final exam must be written on or before your course end date/final exam date. Students who have submitted all assignments ahead of schedule may opt to write their final examination prior to the posted examination/course end date. Although students are permitted to accelerate through course material, no student will be permitted to schedule/sit the final examination earlier than two (2) months post course start date. After the final exam is written no further assignment submissions will be accepted.​

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in Business Statistics and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Late assignments will be subject to a 2% per day late penalty (includes weekends and holidays) for up to seven (7) days. After this date, no assignments will be accepted and a grade of zero (0) will be applied.  Extensions for course work must be approved by the instructor before the due date (see Academic Regulations below), and will be granted for illness or emergencies only. Students may be asked to submit supporting documentation for an extension request.  NOTE:  This policy applies to assignments and other hand in type coursework only.  This policy does not apply to discussion board topics/postings which do not allow for late postings/contributions.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours days of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour day window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).

Academic Integrity
You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.
It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at http://www.mcmaster.ca/academicintegrity/

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in-group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.
Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email sas@mcmaster.ca. For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor.
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Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (https://www.mcmastercce.ca/cce-policies#Dropping).
Storm Closure Policy:

In the event of inclement weather, the Centre for Continuing Education will abide by the University’s Storm Closure Policy: https://www.mcmaster.ca/policy/Employee/storm_emergency_policy.pdf, and will only close if the University is closed. All in-class courses, exams and room bookings by internal and external clients will be cancelled if the Centre for Continuing Education is closed. On-line courses will take place as scheduled.

Grading Scale:
 Grade Equivalent
Grade Point
Equivalent Percentages
A+ 12 90-100
A 11 85-89
A- 10 80-84
B+ 9 77-79
B 8 73-76
B- 7 70-72
C+ 6 67-69
C 5 63-66
C- 4 60-62
D+ 3 57-59
D 2 53-56
D- 1 50-52
F 0 0-49
Course Schedule:

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Units & Modules

Evaluation

1

A Preview of Business Statistics and Statistical Description of Data

Module 1: Data Description

Module 2: Data Visualization

Module 3: Data Dispersion

Quiz 1

2

Probability and Continuous Probability Distributions
Module 1: Probability
Module 2: Binomial Distribution
Module 3: Normal Distribution

Quiz 2

3

Sampling Distributions and

Estimation From Sample Data

Module 1: Sampling Distributions

Module 2: Estimation

Quiz 3

Mid-Term Assignment

4

Hypothesis Tests Involving a Sample Mean or Proportion

Module 1: Hypothesis Testing

 

Quiz 4

5

Simple Linear Regression
Module 1: Simple Linear Regression

 

Quiz 5

6

Multiple Regression and Correlation 
Module 1: Multiple Regression

 

Quiz 6

 

 

Final Exam