Stat 200 Basic Applied Statistics
Spring 2011, Mon.Wed.Fri. 10:00 (CRN 10952) or 11:00 (CRN 10953) or 12:00
(CRN 10977) CL 332,
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh
| Instructor || Dr. Nancy Pfenning |
| Office || Cathedral 2710 |
| Website || www.pitt.edu/~nancyp/stat-0200/index.html |
| E-mail || firstname.lastname@example.org |
| Phone || 521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm) |
| || 624-8336 (during office hours) |
| Office Hrs || Wed. 1:00-2:00,
Thurs. 10:00-1:00 in CL 2710
or by appt. |
| Stat Lab || For hours of
operation and names of TAs on staff, see
but avoid times when it's been reserved (scroll down to their calendar).
in 435 Cathedral
(take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral).
the Academic Resource Center 648-7920 for free tutoring by undergrads or visit their
website or refer to their
- Practice Final and
- Practice Midterm 2 and
- Solutions to Midterm 1
Powerpoint Lecture Slides
Practice Quizzes and Solutions
Blank Homework Forms (to be printed if you
didn't pick one up in class)
- Recitations on the following dates
will be held in the Stat Lab
435 CL (enter on Bigelow side of Cathedral, take steps up to 4th floor):
Feb.8-11, Feb.15-18, Apr.5-8, Apr.19-22.
- Student Survey data:
a tab-delimited text file, is now available.
download it into MINITAB, type ctrl A to highlight, ctrl C to copy, start up
MINITAB, type ctrl V to paste it. If it asks about delimiters, click OK.
- Here is a brief guide to
MINITAB 15 Basics ,
used in this course, available
in campus computing labs, and featured on the student CD for $5.
MINITAB is available at all campus computing labs, such
as Cathedral, Forbes Quad, Benedum, and of course the Stat Lab. If in addition you would like to
have MINITAB on your PC,
Pitt's Software Licensing Service at 105 Bellefield Hall (behind Heinz
Chapel) offers MINITAB CDs for only $5 a copy (be sure to have your
student ID with you)! Otherwise,
a free fully functional demo can be downloaded from
www.minitab.com BUT it will
only run for 30 days, so consider waiting until later in the semester!
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
MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent.
No Comp. Sci. background needed.
Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture
(c)2011 Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, hardcover white student edition.
If you'd like to consult other statistics books for
reference, ask me in office hours. A calculator (any kind) is needed.
Homework,computer lab problems, quizzes,
two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.
| 12 Homeworks || 350 |
| 12 Lab Problems || 50 |
| Best 10 of 11 Quizzes || 100 |
| Midterm 1 || 150 |
| Midterm 2 || 150 |
| Final Exam || 250 |
| Total || 1050 |
| Course % || Total divided by 10 |
90-105% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses are assigned to the students at
the top of each grade range and minuses to the students at the bottom.
None of us can know in advance if an individual student will be a
"borderline case"; completing all the assignments
throughout the semester can help you to optimize your
chances for the best possible grade;
no late homeworks will be accepted.
- Tuesday, 9:00-9:50 Posvar Hall 5400 [CRN 10967]
- Tuesday, 10:00-10:50 Posvar Hall 5400 [CRN 10968]
- Tuesday, 11:00-11:50 Posvar Hall 5400 [CRN 10969]
- Tuesday, 2:00-2:50 Langley Hall A202 [CRN 10966]
- Wednesday, 12:00-12:50 CL 235 [CRN 10970]
- Wednesday, 1:00-1:50 CL 235 [CRN 10971]
- Wednesday, 2:00-2:50 CL 235 [CRN 10972]
- Thursday, 9:00-9:50 CL 237 [CRN 11128]
- Thursday, 4:00-4:50 Langley Hall A202 [CRN 10978]
- Friday, 9:00-9:50 CL 335 [CRN 10979]
- Friday, 10:00-10:50 CL 335 [CRN 11332]
- Friday, 11:00-11:50 CL 335 [CRN 10980]
Yafei Wei (recitations on Tues. 9:00,10:00,11:00; Thurs. 9:00)
Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package)
and on the clarification and review of lecture material. All quizzes
except Quiz 11 will
be administered in recitation. In addition, individual questions,
especially those pertaining to the homework assignments, may be addressed.
Office Hours* Wed. 3:00-5:00 CL 2600
Chongshu Chen (recitations on Tues. 2:00; Wed 12:00,1:00,2:00)
Office Hours* Thurs. 1:00-3:00 CL 2712
Mark Bender (recitations on Thurs. 4:00; Fri. 9:00,10:00,11:00)
Office Hours* Wed. 2:00-3:00 Posvar 4516, Thursdays 3:00-4:00
in Langley A202 for non-lab weeks, in Stat Lab 435 CL if it's a lab week
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.
Note to Students with Disabilities:
If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an
accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and
Disability Resources and Services, 216 WPU (412) 648-7890, as early as
possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine
reasonable accommodations for this course. See their website