Ready, Set, Go!

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Introduction

If you've taken Stat 480 and Stat 481 on-line, then you should know the drill by now. When taking an on-line course, it is very important to understand how the course is organized, what is expected of you as a student, and what kinds of special materials might be included in the course. You need to make sure that you know how to use the course materials effectively so that you can take full advantage of the value that they bring to your learning experience. The primary purpose of this introductory set of materials is to introduce you to the course and the instructor, as well as some technical and administrative issues.

Every lesson in this course will contain an overview similar to this one here. The lesson overview will highlight the learning objectives and outcomes of the lesson, as well as provide you with a "to do" list for the lesson.

Learning objectives & outcomes

Upon completing this lesson, you should be able to do the following:

  • describe how the course is organized
  • know where to find more detailed information about the course, including contact information, course requirements, and course deadlines
  • identify links to special course materials
  • navigate a viewlet
  • open a SAS program within the SAS application on your computer
  • open data files for use with SAS programs
  • post a message and read others' messages on a lesson discussion board

Our "to do" list for this lesson

In order to complete this lesson you should:

  1. Read all of the pages in the lesson.
  2. Purchase a student copy of SAS and install it on your computer.
  3. Purchase a copy of the required textbook for the course. The textbook reference is: Cody, Ronald P. and Jeffrey K. Smith (2006), Applied Statistics and the SAS Programming Language, Fifth Edition, Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall. ISBN 0-13-146532-5. It can be obtained by Amazon.com for about $80.
  4. Post a brief message about yourself on the "Let's get acquainted!" Discussion Board.
  5. Post any questions or comments you have about the course on the "Ready, Set, Go!" Discussion Board.