Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for MATH-D010.-67Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Kathy Plum
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A Message from your Instructor

Hello and welcome to Math 10, Elementary Statistics. I am delighted to be your instructor for this course. I have been a full-time Mathematics and Statistics instructor at De Anza since 1989. My background includes an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, a master degree in Statistics, and a PhD in Education, concentrating in Instructional Design for Online Learning. I hope that this course helps you reach your future goals, and that you will also gain an understanding and appreciation of how statistics is applied in the real world.

Math 10 is an online course that gives you an introduction to data analysis, to randomness of data, and to using appropriate statistical models to draw conclusions from data. In addition to viewing the course videos (via cable t.v., checked out from the Media Center, downloaded onto your iPod, or directly on your computer), you will also need a text, 4 Scantrons, and a graphing calculator, all of which are available at the De Anza College Bookstore. Barbara Illowsky will demonstrate with the TI-83 in the videos. The other calculators that are acceptable are the TI-83+, TI84, TI-86, and TI-89. If you have the TI-86, you will need to come on-campus before you start Chapter 4 to get a transferable program. If you have any other calculators, you will need to check the instructions (or bring them in to me) to see if they can do the calculations required.

The best approach to this course is to first read the chapter for each class before viewing the video. Then, watch the video once through. At this point, you are ready to start the practice problems in the book. Do the practice problems before you do the homework. The practice is designed to guide you step by step through problem solving techniques you will need to tackle homework problems. Plus, the answers to the practice problems are in the back of your text. If you have difficulty with a problem(s), reread the appropriate text section or watch again the part of the class that pertains to that problem type. If you need help, then email or call me. When you post a message to the Discussion, be as specific as possible, so that other students can answer your question.

This course may be different than many other Distance Learning courses you have taken. There is a strong on-campus connection to the other Math 10 sections for you to take advantage of. You may attend the on-campus office hours and classes of several Math 10 instructors, should you choose to. In the course, I will let you know the other instructor contact info.

There are four exams in this course. You will need a scantron answer form, a number 2 pencil, an eraser, and your calculator for each exam. Exams are closed book. However, you may bring in one 8.5" x 11" sheet of notes (both sides) for each exam and, if English is not your native language, you may bring in a translation dictionary. You will need to turn in your notes when you take the exam, but you will get them back when you pick up your exam at the Distance Learning Center. Check the assignment schedule in your syllabus for the dates and times of each exam. The assignment schedule also indicates what material will be covered on each exam and when the labs are due.

It is of utmost importance that you stay caught up with your homework and maintain a regular schedule for viewing the class and doing your work. If you complete all of the suggested practice and homework problems, along with the labs and projects, you will do well in this course. If you don't stay caught up with the homework or do enough of it, you won't pass. It's that simple. I want every one of you to get through this course the first time!

As soon as you need help, email or call me, or post questions in the Discussion. There are a lot of resources available to you, including free tutors in S-43. You can reach me in person or by telephone during my office hours. Or e-mail me. I will reply as soon as I can.

Keep up with the material and enjoy the course.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
Video programs for this course are shown weekly on cable TV in Silicon Valley. Below are channel listings by community.

Comcast Cable
Channel 27 Channel 75
Los Altos
Los Gatos
Mountain View
San José
Santa Clara
East Palo Alto
Menlo Park
Palo Alto
Stanford University
The channel numbers listed are subject to change. Consult your local cable guide for the most current information.

For problems or questions concerning the De Anza College cable TV broadcasts, please contact the Broadcast Media Center at 408-864-8300.

Check your syllabus for specific broadcast information or visit our Technology web page for general information on days and times.

Most courses with video content are also available via streaming media. Please check the course syllabus and/or instructions within the Catalyst shell for additional information on access to streaming media.


Webcasts and Videostreaming

The video lessons for this course are also available as videostreams. If you would like to access your video lessons from a computer you will need:

  • RealPlayer installed on the computer.
  • A high speed Internet connection.

To access the videostreams go to and follow the logon instructions on this page. You will not be able to logon until the first day of instruction.

If you do not already have RealPlayer you may download it for free. Some courses use Quicktime instead of RealPlayer. Instructions for downloading are in your Catalyst course.

Keep in mind that network congestion either at De Anza College or with your ISP can affect the smooth delivery of the videostream.

How to get started in your course
  • Apply for admission to De Anza College and register for this class, if you have not already done so. Completing this orientation DOES NOT enroll you in the course.
  • Complete the online orientation and submit the Student Information Form.
  • Read the complete course syllabus on the instructor's home page.
  • Obtain the required course materials. The TI-83 or 84 calculators are the best calculators to use for this section; however, the TI-86 or 89 are acceptable. Instruction videotapes for use of these calculators are broadcast on local cable TV at various times during the first two weeks of the quarter (consult the TV schedule section of the Distance Learning web site) and also available online.
  • Consult the Course Calendar in the syllabus and start your Weeks 1 and 2 readings and homework assignments.
  • Logon to your Catalyst course. Go to and follow the logon instructions. You will not be able to logon to your course until the FIRST DAY OF INSTRUCTION. Logon no later than the second day of classes.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16