Math for a Digital World

Course number: 
CIS 0823
Semester: 
Fall 2015
Instructors:
Name E-mail Office location
Ed Crotty (Edward T. Crotty) ervul@temple.edu
Science Education and Research Center (SERC) , Room 317
Prerequisites: 

Course or Test: MATH 0701 to 0702 | Required Courses: 1 | Minimum Grade of C- | May not be taken concurrently.
OR
Course or Test: MATH 0800 to 4999 | Required Courses: 1 | Minimum Grade of C- | May be taken concurrently.  OR
Course or Test: STAT 1001 | Minimum Grade of C- | May be taken concurrently. 
OR
Course or Test: STAT 1102 | Minimum Grade of C- | May be taken concurrently.  
OR
Course or Test: STAT 1902 | Minimum Grade of C- | May be taken concurrently.

Textbooks: 
COMAP:  For All Practical Purposes, 9th Ed. plus MathPortal (required for online assignments, quizzes, and exams)

Optional supplement: For All Practical Purposes Student's Solutions Manual (strongly recommended)

You are expected to bring a laptop or tablet capable of running a web browser, spreadsheet and Java Development system (Dr. Java) to every class meeting.  If this is difficult for you, please consult the instructor.

Topics covered: 
  • PART I:  CRITICAL THINKING 
  • PART II: STATISTICS: THE SCIENCE OF DATA
  • PART III: VOTING AND SOCIAL CHOICE
  • PART IV: FAIRNESS AND GAME THEORY 
  • PART V: THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION 
  • PART VI:  LEARNING TO CODE (JAVA)
Course goals: 
The course description poses a number of questions whose answers will be explored during this course.  The primary objective is to provide you with the mathematical knowledge and experience to evaluate possible answers to such questions and to evaluate the information you are being given through advertising, political campaign spots, medical tests and other sources.  Statistical reasoning is very common in your every day existance, but do you really know what is being said (or at least claimed)?  Knowing something of the mathematical discipline of statistics of things will make you better able to evaluate the meaning of such claims as who is the leading candidate in a political race and to evaluate claims made by one candidate with respect to another.  How can you evaluate advertising claims or understand the value of a warranty on a car or some electronic device?  Again, an elementary knowledge of statistics will help graetly. 

You will be expected to use computer software (particularly spreadsheets and search engines) to help find, display, and manipulate information in ways that will increase your understanding of relationships.  You will be introduced to the art and science of coding (simple) computer programs to perform various tasks.  You will be introduced to ideas and concepts which will help you understand what a set of numbers is trying to tell you about a given problem.  After all, numbers don't lie...or do they?  And how can you tell?


 
Attendance policy: 
Attendance to all meetings of the class is mandatory.  If you must miss a class, please consult with the instructor, preferably in advance.  It is understood that emergencies may occur that cannot be anticipated.  In such a case, an email to the instructor followed up by a discussion with him.  Exams, quizzes and assignments will all be processed on line.  Exams, in particular, will have time and other restrictions that will be explained to you as appropriate during the course.  If you miss an exam or quiz, there will be no makeups.  
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities: 
Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a documented disability, including special accommodations for access to technology resources and electronic instructional materials required for the course, should contact me privately to discuss the specific situation by the end of the second week of classes or as soon as practical. If you have not done so already, please contact Disability Resources and Services (DRS) at 215-204-1280 in 100 Ritter Annex to learn more about the resources available to you. I will work with DRS to coordinate reasonable accommodations for all students with documented disabilities. (http://www.temple.edu/studentaffairs/disability/accommodations/).
Student and Faculty Academic Rights and Responsibilities: 
Freedom to teach and freedom to learn are inseparable facets of academic freedom. The University has a policy on Student and Faculty and Academic Rights and Responsibilities (Policy #03.70.02) which can be accessed through the following http://policies.temple.edu/PDF/99.pdf.