This class is meant to be hands on. Therefore, you are responsible for reading pertinent material prior to each class.


If you feel unwell please do not come to class. All class material will be posted after class and I would be happy to meet outside of our class time to help you catch up if needbe.

Diversity & Inclusiveness

It is my intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well-served by this course, that students’ learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity that the students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally, or for other students or student groups.

Furthermore, I would like to create a learning environment for my students that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and honors your identities (including gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture.) To help accomplish this:

  • If you have a name and/or set of pronouns that differ from those that appear in your official Wake Forest records, please let me know!
  • If any of our class meetings conflict with your religious events, please let me know so that we can make arrangements for you.
  • If you feel like your performance in the class is being impacted by your experiences outside of class, please don’t hesitate to come and talk with me. I want to be a resource for you. If you prefer to speak with someone outside of the course, your academic dean is an excellent resource.
  • I (like many people) am still in the process of learning about diverse perspectives and identities. If something was said in class (by anyone) that made you feel uncomfortable, please talk to me about it.

Disability Policy

Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in the class are encouraged to contact Learning Assistance Center & Disability Services at 336-758-5929 or lacds@wfu.edu as soon as possible to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.

How to get help


All course discussion will be on Canvas.

This is a place to post your course-related questions. I encourage you to try to answer each other’s questions. At the end of the semester, I will tally up the total number of questions answered and you can get up to 1 point extra credit on your final grade.

Math & Stats Center:

Honor code

Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. For other information on these matters, please consult the Code of Conduct. For Academic issues please see the College Judicial System.

Sharing code & responses

  • There are many online resources for sharing code (for example, StackOverflow) - you may use these resources but must explicitly cite where you have obtained code (both code you used directly and “paraphrased” code / code used as inspiration). Any reused code that is not explicitly cited will be treated as plagiarism.
  • Rather than copying someone else’s work, ask for help. You are not alone in this course!

Course components

Application exercises

These will start in class and should be finished by 5pm ET the following day.


The objective of the labs is to give you hands on experience with data analysis using modern statistical software. The labs will also provide you with tools that you will need to complete the project successfully. You are welcome to work on these with other members of this class. If you do so, please acknowledge your collaborator(s) at the top of your assignment, for example: “Collaborators: Gertrude Cox, Florence Nightingale David”. Failure to acknowledge collaborators will result in a grade of 0. You may not copy answers directly from another student. If you copy someone else’s work, both parties will receive a grade of 0.


We will periodically have assessments to check in with our learning goals.


Your final grade will be comprised of the following:

Application exercises 5%
Midterm 20%
Check-ins 25%
Labs 30%
Final 20%

Grades conversion:

Letter Numeric
A 95 +
A- 90 - 94
B+ 87 - 89
B 83 - 86
B- 80 - 82
C+ 77 - 79
C 73 - 76
C- 70 - 72
D+ 67 - 69
D 65 - 66
F Below 65

Late / missed work

  • Late work policy for labs:

    • late, but within 24 hours of due date/time: -50%
    • any later: no credit
  • Everyone is granted 3 days of a “late bank” over the course of the semester for Labs. You can use these how you please (i.e. you may turn one assignment in 3 days late, 3 assignments in 1 day late, or some combination). If you would like to use this for an assignment, please fill out this form

  • No make-up assessments will be given.

  • All regrade requests must be discussed with the professor within one week of receiving your grade. There will be no grade changes after the final class.