Course Syllabus

Please note that the specifics of this Course Syllabus are subject to change. Instructors will notify students of any changes and students will be responsible for abiding by them. Even if you print this syllabus, please check the online version often.


When cyberattacks occur, can we tell if there is a relationship between the number of people affected and the financial loss incurred by an organization?

Does the type of cyberattack used have an impact on the number of records breached?

When terrorists events occur, can we tell if there is a pattern between the year of attacks and the country of origin of the attacker?

This semester, you’ll learn how to test questions like these using statistical analyses. The first week in the semester will involve a brief review of foundational data analysis concepts (see L01 and L02 under Modules). We will then discuss how to analyze data with different levels of measurement and distributions in L03 to L12. These techniques will include simple regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, chi-square analysis, and log-linear analysis. You will primarily be using R to analyze data, which is a free powerful software package that is used extensively in multiple fields and industries.


  • STAT 200


At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recommend the most appropriate data analytic technique to use based on the level of measurement and distribution of the data
  • Conduct a variety of data analytic techniques including, simple regression, multiple regression, logistic regression, chi-square analysis, and log-linear analysis
  • Interpret these results for both academics and practitioners
  • Describe the limitations and assumptions made about the data for each of these data analytic techniques
  • Use packages from R to statistically test relationships between and among variables


  • Katherine Hamilton,
    • Instructor information can be found by selecting People and then the Teacher name.

All course-related email to the instructor should be sent within Canvas, using the Inbox. Every attempt will be made by the instructor to respond to emails within 24 hours. (Please note that I will be unavailable during Week 8 (away at an international conference) and Week 14 (Thanksgiving Break). No assignments are due during these weeks.)

Course announcements will be used on a regular basis by the instructor to share important information related to the course. Please be sure to have your notification settings for Announcements set to "Notify me right away". Please click the following link for details on how to do this: Setting Canvas Notifications You are responsible for reviewing all announcements made in the course in a timely manner.


  • No textbook is required

Assignments & Grading

Labs and Exams are the two graded assessments used in this course. Both types of assessments are open-book. However, you will need to complete all of your course work on your own and your submissions should adhere to Penn State's academic integrity policy.


  • There will be a total of 12 Labs in the course that are worth 20 points each.
  • Only your top 11 Lab grades will be used to determine your final grade.
  • These assignments are therefore worth a total of 220 points or 55% of your grade.


  • There will be a total of 3 Exams in the course that are worth 60 points each.
  • All three exams will be used to determine your final grade.
  • These assignments are worth a total of 180 points or 45% of your grade.
Grading Category Total Points Percentage of Final Grade
Labs (x11) 220 55%
Exams (x3) 180 45%
TOTAL 400 100%

All assignments are due 11:59PM EST by the last day of the week (Sunday) unless otherwise noted and will be graded the same week by Wednesday at 8:00AM EST. Assignments submitted after the stated deadline (starting at 12:01AM on Monday) will be assigned a 10% penalty per day late. Late assignments will not be accepted more than 2 days after the original deadline. Late assignments will be graded in the next round of grading and will be released by the following week Wednesday at 8:00AM EST. 

Course Grading Scale

The following are the minimum cutoffs for each grade:

  • 93.00% = A
  • 90.00% = A-
  • 87.00% = B+
  • 83.00% = B
  • 80.00% = B-
  • 77.00% = C+
  • 70.00% = C
  • 60.00% = D
  • less than 60.00% = F

Final grades are imported directly from Canvas into LionPath at the end of the semester. The grade that you see displayed in Canvas will be the grade that you will see displayed in LionPath. There will be no manipulation of grades after the semester has ended, which includes the rounding of points or percentages. The grading scheme displayed above is integrated into the grading scheme displayed in Canvas and is consistent with the recommended grading system from the College of IST and Penn State. 

Course Policies

Your Responsibilities for this Course

  • To Ask Questions
    • You are also encouraged to ask the instructor or teaching assistant questions BEFORE submitting a graded assignment if you are unsure about a concept or the wording of a question.
    • Any such concerns raised after the submission of a graded assignment are unlikely to be honored.
  • To Complete Assignments Early or On-Time
    • All assignments are due 11:59PM EST by the last day of the week (Sunday) unless otherwise noted. Assignments submitted after the stated deadline (starting at 12:01AM on Monday) will be assigned a 10% penalty per day late. Assignments will not be accepted more than 2 days after the original deadline.
    • Given the online nature of this course, you are encouraged to submit your assignments early to avoid late submissions due to technical difficulties. You are also encouraged to submit assignments early if you have a scheduled event or religious holiday that overlaps with a given deadline.
  • To Maintain Academic Integrity
    • Academic integrity is taken seriously in this course. All assignments should be completed individually. These submissions should be your own original work.
    • See additional information on academic integrity in Penn State’s policies below.
  • Logging into Canvas
    • Students are expected to login regularly to check the course announcements, lessons, and emails.
  • Emailing through Canvas
    • Students are expected to use Canvas for all course email communication.

Academic Integrity

Penn State and the College of Information Sciences and Technology are committed to maintaining Penn State's policy on Academic Integrity in this and all other courses. We take academic integrity matters seriously and expect you to become a partner to the University/College standards of academic excellence.

For more information, please review these policies and procedures:

While utilizing additional sources outside of this class is encouraged for gaining a better understanding of course concepts, seeking explicit answers for graded assignments from outside sources (e.g. Course Hero, Chegg, tutoring services like, etc.) is considered CHEATING and will not be tolerated. Sanctions range from failure of the assignment or course to dismissal from the University. Additionally, sharing course content without permission is a violation of copyright and may result in university sanctions and/or legal ramifications. Contact your instructor with questions related to this topic. 

University Policies

Review current information regarding various Penn State policies (such as copyright, counseling, psychological services, disability and military accommodations, discrimination, harassment, emergencies, trade names, etc.) on the University Policies page.

Penn State takes great pride to foster a diverse and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff. Acts of intolerance, discrimination, or harassment due to age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religious belief, sexual orientation, or veteran status are not tolerated and can be reported through Educational Equity via the Report Bias webpage (


Find extensive information and links to many Penn State and IST resources (including the Penn State libraries, video conferencing tools, technology and software, writing and research help, and much more) on the Resources page.

Technical Requirements

Standard World Campus computer technical specifications are assumed for this course. Please test your computer for requirements. In addition, a webcam and a headset with a microphone are REQUIRED for the course. These may be used for virtual meetings, virtual office hours, interactions with classmates and your instructor, and group presentations - which are all conducted with virtual meeting tools. No special software is required.


The following schedule outlines the topics covered in this course, along with the associated time frames, readings, activities, and assignments. All due dates reflect Eastern Time (ET). Specifying the time zone ensures that all students have the same deadlines, regardless of where they live.

Course Summary:

Date Details Due