
Basic Applied Statistics

Time/Place  MWF 11:0011:50, WWPH 1P56 

Instructor  Dr. Nancy Pfenning 
Office  Cathedral 2710 
Website  www.pitt.edu/~nancyp 
nancyp+@pitt.edu  
Phone  6248729 (statistics office, leave message with Diane) 
5218349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)  
6248336 (during office hours)  
Office Hrs.  Mon 9:3010:30, Wed&Fri 9:0010:30 or by appt. 
Stat Lab  435 Cathedral, for schedule see Stat Lab Hours 
(take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)  
Free Tutoring  the Academic Support Center 6487920 or visit their website 
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 easytouse 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 onesample, twosample, pairedsample 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 Comp. Sci. background needed.
Homework (including computer assignments), quizzes, two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.
11 Homeworks+12 Lab Problems  (>) 200 
10 Quizzes  100 
2 Midterms, 200 each  400 
Final Exam  300 
Total  1000 

90100% A; 8089% 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
Handed out weekly in class; also 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.
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