STATISTICS IN AGRICULTURE 

ANSC 4308

Spring 2016

Texas A&M University-Kingsville 

SYLLABUS

 Instructor:                 Steven D. Lukefahr

 Office/Phone:            Kleberg Bldg 115/593-3699

 E-mail:                         kfsdl00@tamuk.edu

 Time/Place:                11:00-11:50 MWF/Human Sciences 125

 Text:                           Petrie, A., and P. Watson. 2013. Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science. (3rd Ed.). Blackwell Science, Ltd., Oxford.  A student of this institution is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer. (ISBN: 978-0-470-67075-0)

 Grading schedule: Weekly quizzes each worth 10 points (100 points total), two regular examinations each worth 100 points, and a final examination worth 100 points.

 Grading:          90-100% =A, 80-90% =B, 70-80% =C, 60-70% =D, <60%=F

 Final Exam:     May 11, Wednesday (8:00-10:30)

 Course Objectives: To introduce students to a basic and practical overview of agricultural experimentation, and to enable students to collect data, summarize, analyze, and draw conclusions from agricultural research data.  This course meets the senior statistics course requirement.

 Student Learning Outcomes:

 1) Conduct basic statistical calculations (e.g., mean, standard deviation, and standards errors) and interpret their meaning 

 2) Understand the theoretical basis and practical application of probability distributions for populations and samples

 3) Perform simple tests of significance (e.g., t, F, and Χ2) for various types of variables and state conclusions from hypothesis tests  

 4) Conduct a One-Way, Analysis of Variance on data from simple experiments and state conclusions  

 5) Understand the application of a regression analysis and interpret calculated values (e.g., b and r)

 Assessment of the above learning outcomes will determined based on classroom participation, quizzes and the regular and final examinations.

 Methods of Instruction: Lectures, problem assignments, group discussions, computer demonstrations.  

COURSE TOPIC OUTLINE:

 Topic I                         The whys and wherefores of statistics

 Topic II                        Descriptive statistics

 Topic III                       Probability and probability distributions

 Topic IV                       Sampling and sampling distributions

 Topic V                        Experimental design and clinical trials

 Topic VI                       An introduction to hypothesis testing

 Topic VII                     Hypothesis tests 1 - the t-test: comparing one or two means

 Topic VIII                   Hypothesis tests 2 - the F-test: comparing two variances or more than two means

 Topic IX                      Hypothesis tests 3 - the Chi-squared test: comparing  proportions  

 Topic X                       Linear Correlation and Regression

University Policies

 

*Six Drop Policy: 

The following provision does not apply to students with Texas public college or university credits prior to Fall 2007. The Texas Senate Bill 1231 specifies the number of course drops allowed to a student without penalty.   After a student has dropped six courses, a grade of QF will normally be recorded for each subsequent drop.  Additional information on Senate Bill 1231 is available at the Registrar’s Office at (361) 593-2811 and at http://www.tamuk.edu/registrar/drop_policy.html.

 

*Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disability.  If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation please contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) as early as possible in the term at (361) 593-2904. DRC is located in the Life Service and Wellness building at 1210 Retama Drive.

 

*Classroom Conduct Expectations Students are referred to the Student Code of Conduct section of the Student Handbook (http://www.tamuk.edu/dean/dean_files/studenthandbook.pdf).

 

Students are expected to assume individual responsibility for maintaining a productive learning environment and conduct themselves with the highest regard for respect and consideration of others. Ongoing or single behaviors considered distracting will be addressed by the faculty member initially, but if the behavior becomes excessive and the student refuses to respond to the faculty member’s efforts, the issue will be referred to the Dean of Students. In the case of serious disruptive behavior in a classroom, the instructor will first request compliance from the student and if the student fails to comply, the instructor has the authority to ask the student to leave the classroom. The student is expected to comply with the instructor’s request and may subsequently contest this action using procedures established by the department. If the student fails to leave after being directed to do so, assistance may be obtained from other university personnel, including the University Police Department. The incident shall be handled as an academic misconduct matter using established departmental procedures for academic misconduct to determine if the student should be allowed to return to the classroom.

 

*Academic Misconduct 

Students are expected to adhere to the highest academic standards of behavior and personal conduct in this course and all other courses. Students who engage in academic misconduct are subject to University disciplinary procedures.  Students are expected to be familiar with the current Student Handbook, especially the section on academic misconduct, which discusses conduct expectations and academic dishonesty rules. 

 

Academic dishonesty includes but is not limited to:

1.  Cheating:  deception in which the student misrepresents that he/she has mastered information on an academic exercise that he/she has not mastered; giving or receiving aid unauthorized by the professor on assignments or examinations.

2.  Aid of academic dishonesty: Intentionally facilitating any act of academic dishonesty.  Tampering with grades or taking part in obtaining or distributing any part of a scheduled test.

3.  Fabrication:  use of invented information or falsified research.

4.  Plagiarism:  unacknowledged quotation, and/or paraphrase of someone else’s work, ideas, or data as one’s own in work submitted for credit.  Failure to identify information or essays from the internet and submitting them as one’s own work also constitutes plagiarism. Please be aware that the University subscribes to the Turnitin plagiarism detection service. Your paper may be submitted to this service at the discretion of the instructor.

5.  Lying: deliberate falsification with the intent to deceive in written or verbal form as it applies to an academic submission.

6.  Bribery: providing, offering or taking rewards in exchange for a grade, an assignment, or the aid of academic dishonesty.

7.  Threat: an attempt to intimidate a student, staff or faculty member for the purpose of receiving an unearned grade or in an effort to prevent reporting of an Honor Code violation.

 

Other forms of academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

1.  Failure to follow published departmental guidelines, professor‘s syllabi, and other posted academic policies in place for the orderly and efficient instruction of classes, including laboratories, and use of academic resources or equipment.

2.  Unauthorized possession of examinations, reserved library materials, laboratory materials or other course related materials.

3.  Failure to follow the instructor or proctor‘s test-taking instructions, including but not limited to not setting aside notes, books or study guides while the test is in progress, failing to sit in designated locations and/or leaving the classroom/ test site without permission during a test.

4.  Prevention of the convening, continuation or orderly conduct of any class, lab or class activity. Engaging in conduct that interferes with or disrupts university teaching, research or class activities such as making loud and distracting noises, repeatedly answering cell phones/text messaging or allowing pagers to beep, exhibiting erratic or irrational behavior, persisting in speaking without being recognized, repeatedly leaving and entering the classroom or test site without authorization, and making physical threats or verbal insults to the faculty member, or other students and staff.

5.  Falsification of student transcript or other academic records; or unauthorized access to academic computer records.

6.  Nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other university records.

7.  Any action which may be deemed as unprofessional or inappropriate in the professional community of the discipline being studied.

 

*Harassment/Discrimination

Texas A&M University-Kingsville does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation (or any other illegal basis) and will investigate all complaints that indicate sexual harassment, harassment, or discrimination may have occurred. Sexual harassment and sexual assault are types of sex discrimination. Such sexual misconduct is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Any member of the university community violating this policy will be subject to disciplinary action. A person who believes he/she has been the victim of sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination may pursue either the informal or the formal complaint resolution procedure. A complaint may be initially made to the Office of Compliance at (361) 593-4758, complainant’s immediate supervisor, a department head, a supervisory employee, or the Dean of Students at (361)-593-3606 or the Office of Compliance at (361) 593-4758. Regardless of who the complaint is filed with, the Compliance Office will be notified of the complaint so it can be investigated.

 

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