Basic Applied Statistics
|Group A||MWF 10:00-10:50, CL 232 [CRN 18360]|
|Group B||MWF 11:00-11:50, WWPH 1P56 [CRN 18339]|
|Instructor||Dr. Nancy Pfenning|
|Office||Cathedral 2632 (take elevator to 27, walk down one flight)|
|Phone||624-8729 (statistics office, leave message with Diane)|
|521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)|
|624-5742 (during office hours)|
|Office Hours||MWF 9:00-9:30 in office, 12:00-12:45 in front of WWPH 1P56|
|additional hours by appointment|
|Stat Lab||435 Cathedral, for schedule see Stat Lab Hours|
|(take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)|
This is a course for students who wish to learn basic methods in order to analyze simple studies and experiments. This course will present the basic methods of applied statistics, utilizing an easy-to-use interactive statistical computing package called MINITAB. Students will be provided with readily understandable and intuitive descriptions of statistical analyses. The topics to be covered include: basic descriptive statistics for univariate and bivariate data, very elementary probability theory, random samplings from populations and random allocation to experimental treatments, sampling distributions, concepts of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, tests of means in one-sample, two-sample, paired-sample and standard analysis of variance contexts. Categorical data analysis will also be discussed. Most students taking this course will probably not pursue further formal undergraduate study in applied statistics.
MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent. No Computer Science background is needed.
Homework (including computer assignments), quizzes, two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.
|13 Homeworks||(>) 200|
|Best 10 of 11 Quizzes||100|
|2 Midterms, 200 each||400|
90-100% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses and minuses are used for borderline cases and to ensure fairness and consistency.
D. S. Moore: Basic Practice of Statistics, 2nd ed., W. H. Freeman and Company
Available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray
Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package) and on the clarification and review of lecture material. Quizzes will be administered in recitation. In addition, individual questions, especially those pertaining to the homework assignments, may be addressed.
Note: The material in this course is cumulative in nature. Thus, it is important not to fall behind in your reading or assignments or you will find yourself lost. If you are confused, see me or your recitation instructor for help.