Introduction To Big Data Analysis
STAT 29000, Fall 2016

Class times: MWF, 8:30 AM -- 9:20 AM, in SC 183
(STAT 29000-001; Banner CRN 15200)

Semester: Fall 2016

Prerequisite: none

Credits: 3.0

Description: see Course Description

Required text: None.

FYI: It is not necessary to buy any book for STAT 29000.

Grades: All grades will be posted on Blackboard Learn, so that students can confidentially view their own grades.

Grade Distribution: The grade for STAT 29000 will be composed of the grades on the course projects. The cutoffs for A/B/C/D will be 90/80/70/60 percent, with the possibility of +/-'s for borderline cases. Dr. Ward also reserves the right to be more lenient in the grading scale.

Academic honesty: All students are expected to abide by Purdue's Student Conduct Code. Academic dishonesty of any type will result in a failing "F" course grade, as well as other consequences deemed appropriate by the Office of the Dean of Students. Students can report issues of academic integrity that they observe, either through the Office of the Dean of Students, or by calling 765-494-8778 or email:

Attendance: Extensions of deadlines may be given in only rare cases, such as: the death of a family member; religious (or similar) observances; or mandatory attendance at an official Purdue event. Please contact Dr. Ward at least one week in advance of any planned events. A note from a doctor, or the Office of the Dean of Students, or other official, will be necessary for excused absences. Please see the Purdue Regulations for Absences. The Provost provides these guidelines about student absences: "The University expects that students will attend classes for which they are registered. At times, however, either anticipated or unanticipated absences can occur. The student bears the responsibility of informing the instructor in a timely fashion, when possible. The instructor bears the responsibility of trying to accommodate the student either by excusing the student or allowing the student to make up work, when possible. The University expects both students and their instructors to approach problems with class attendance in a manner that is reasonable."

Academic adjustments: Please refer all cases to the Office of the Dean of Students in Schleman Hall. The staff at the Disability Resource Center (YONG 830, 765-494-1247) arrange classroom accommodations for students with disabilities.

Nondiscrimination: Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability, or status as a veteran. Dr. Ward intends for STAT 29000 to be welcoming and fair for all students.

Major campus emergency: In the event of a major campus emergency, course requirements, deadlines and grading percentages are subject to changes that may be necessitated by a revised semester calendar or other circumstances beyond the instructor's control. Here are ways to get information about changes in this course: Please become familiar with the Stanley Coulter Hall Building Emergency Plan

Here are some other enhancements to campus emergency notification

On the first day of class, the following information is required to be presented to students: As we begin this semester I want to take a few minutes and discuss emergency preparedness. Purdue University is a very safe campus and there is a low probability that a serious incident will occur here at Purdue. However, just as we receive a "safety briefing" each time we get on an aircraft, we want to emphasize our emergency procedures for evacuation and shelter in place incidents. Our preparedness will be critical if an unexpected event occurs.

Emergency preparedness is your personal responsibility. Purdue University is continuously preparing for natural disasters or human-caused incidents with the ultimate goal of maintaining a safe and secure campus. Let's review the following procedures:


EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION PROCEDURES are based on a simple concept--if you hear a fire alarm inside, proceed outside. If you hear a siren outside, proceed inside. *In both cases, you should seek additional clarifying information by all means possible... Purdue Home page, email alert, TV, radio, etc... review the Purdue Emergency Warning Notification System multi-communication layers at


"Shots Fired on Campus: When Lightning Strikes," is a 20-minute active shooter awareness video that illustrates what to look for and how to prepare and react to this type of incident. See: (Link is also located on the EP website)


Reference the Emergency Preparedness web site for additional information: