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Francis E Greulich
Q SCI 381
Seattle Campus

Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Applications to biological and natural resource problems stressing the formulation and interpretation of statistical tests. Random variables, expectations, variances, binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson, normal, chi-square, "t" and "F" distributions. Prerequisite: either MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 125, MATH 126, Q SCI 190, or Q SCI 291, or a minimum score of 2 on advanced placement test, or a score of 153-163 on the MPT-AS placement test. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

Elementary concepts of probability and statistical inference. Sample space, random variables, expectations, variances; binomial, normal, hypergeometric, Poisson, chi square, "t" and "F" distributions. Point and confidence interval estimation, basic concepts of hypothesis testing, linear regression. Illustrative problems using MS Excel and R will be worked by the students in a computer applications lab.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Intro Lecture: An overview of the material to be covered during the week; presentation of key concepts and formulas; with some application examples. Laboratory Sessions: R and Excel based exercises in statistics including small group and individual interaction with the instructor.Follow-up Lecture Session: Continuation and recap of statistical concepts and formulas using extensive list of examples worked in class.

Recommended preparation

Prerequisite: either MATH 120, a score of 2 on advanced placement test, or a score of 67% on MATHPC placement test.

Class assignments and grading

There is homework associated with the lab sessions that requires some follow-up outside work. Additional homework problems are assigned from the textbook as well as questions posted on-line.

The course grade is based on the following weighted elements: Homework...................20% Midterm Exam...............40% Final Exam.................40%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Francis E Greulich
Date: 12/18/2012