Math 247 Spring

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Welcome Math 247!

Introduction to Statistics

My name is Gabriel Cuarenta-Gallegos, and I am going to be your instructor for this online version of Introduction to Statistics course (Math 247 CRNS 34302).  I am excited to embark in this journey where we will work as a team to help you succeed and develop an enjoyment for statistics.  I am confident that if you are willing to spend the time and effort to learn week after week, you will be able to achieve your goals for this course and improve your statistical literacy.  I hope that by the end the course you can find appreciation and usefulness for statistics in your daily life. 

This letter is to inform you of some of the important details prior to the start of the Spring 2024 online class.  Please read this page very carefully! This course will start on January 16, 2024, and you will gain access to your course on the first day of classes!  This class is fully online with no mandatory meetings; has online proctored exams.

Contact information

Instructor: Gabriel Cuarenta-Gallegos

Email Address:

Phone: 805-592-9063

Instructor Contact Expectations: 

The best and fastest way to contact me is email.  I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only.  During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.  On weekends, I will do my best to get back to you ASAP but I cannot guarantee an expeditious response. 

Course Environment:

This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas:

Prior to the Tuesday classes start January 16, 2024, you will receive an email to your address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address ( into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Guide.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.  

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas after January 16, 2024 and need assistance please email me or technical support at this email address:

Online Learning: 

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings.  Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


  • First, go to the Online Readiness ResourcesLinks to an external site. to take a "self-assessment”. There are many resources that were designed to help you understand the basis for an online class and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

Course Description

This course presents a study of basic descriptive and inferential sta­tistics with applications using data from a broad range of disciplines and use of technology for statistical analysis. Prerequisites: Math 128 or Math 127 or Math 126B with a minimum of C or better.  Transfer: CSU;UC (For UC, 4 credit maximum between 236 and 247).  (Formerly Math 47).

 Student Learning Outcomes

What is Math 247 about?  In this course, you will learn to read and understand statistical information in the world around us, and you will learn to make decisions based on data. When you successfully complete Math 247, you will be able to do the following:

  1. Calculate summary measures including point and interval estimators of population parameters and interpret them.
  2. Calculate probabilities for various experiments including experiments where counting formulas are required.
  3. Describe sampling variability and how it applies to a real-world estimation problem.
  4. Perform a hypothesis test to answer a specific research question and interpret the results.
  5. Calculate and interpret measures of association between two variables.

Text Book and Materials

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: or you are using your phone or using an unsupported browser.


Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem!  Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer specificationsLinks to an external site. .



This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services)Links to an external site. or at 805-546-3148.

College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy:

I understand that course grades can place pressure and stress that can lead to practices that are not conducive to learning.  If you are struggling with learning the concepts in the course, please reach out to me before you decide to act dishonestly with the submission of your work.  Examples of dishonest actions:

  • Sharing answers with another student to complete assignments or exams
  • Submitting someone else files as your own
  • Submitting either your assignments or another student’s files from a previous semester
  • Helping someone or receiving help on an exam
  • Getting someone else to take your exams or quizzes

If you decide submit work that is not your own, you will receive an F on the assignment.

 In addition to my course policy, please note all students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please review the Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site..

Add / Drop Policy:

 To succeed in this course, we need to have to a high level of participation.  All students will be expected to log in to the classroom three out of seven days week to complete assignments and participate in discussions.  I reserve the right to drop a student that does not log in to the classroom three out the seven days a week.  If you decide to drop the course, please do so on your own so that it completed in a timely manner.

 In addition to my policy, please review the Cuesta policy for drops


Waitlist Policy:

I will add students in the order that they appear on the waitlist.  I will email students in the first week of class with add codes, based on the available spots in the course.

In addition to my course specific procedures, please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site.

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