Instructor 

Description 
This course is an introduction to applied statistics addressed, in particular, to students specializing in the field of nursing. The focus is on developing the conceptual aspects of the subject rather than the mathematical foundations and assumes no prerequisite except elementary algebra. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, the normal, t, chisquare and Fdistributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. Applications are directed towards health and biological studies.

Objective 
By the end of the course students should be able to
 understand the principles underlying statistical procedures
 use the most common statistical tools
 demonstrate the use of statistical reasoning in health and biological sciences

Prerequisites 
A minimum of C in BC Math , Principles of Mathematics 11.
Note that credit cannot be obtained for both MATH102 and MATH108.
Students with a weak math background or who have not taken a math class
for a number of years will need to do extra work on their own and
perhaps find a private tutor (see TWUSA).

Required Text 
Samuels and Witmer,
Statistics for the Life Sciences (3rd ed.), Prentice Hall, 2003.
ISBN 013041316X
This text should be available at the campus bookstore.

Marking 
Letter grade assignment follows the TWU percentage to grade equivalents
except that >=85% and <95% is an A; 95% and above is an A+.
Homework  20%  Weekly (~10 total) 
Midterm 1  20%  Thu 5 Oct 
Midterm 2  20%  Tue 7 Nov 
Final Exam  40%  Sat 16 Dec 911am 

Notes 
 Homeworks are due inclass by the start of class each Thursday.
NO LATE HOMEWORKS except for extenuating circumstances.
Homework turned in after the start of class up to 5pm on the due date
(including coming to class late) will be penalized 10%; after that they will
not be accepted and will receive a zero mark.
If you cannot come to class to turn in your homework, have a friend hand it in
for you or make prior arrangements with the instructor.
 Note that only a few questions from each homework will actually be marked.
Study groups are encouraged, but the final draft that you hand in must be
your own work. All work must be shown for full marks.
 A scientific calculator is required; graphing or special statistical
functions are not required. Please have a separate calculator from your
cell phone or PDA, since these are not allowed during exams.
 During inclass quizzes/exams, all of the following are not permitted
and should be left in your closed/zipped bag and put on the floor:

 Textbooks, notes, cell phones (turn off), laptops, PDAs,
electronic dictionaries
 During inclass quizzes/exams, your desk should be clear except for
some blank scratch paper, your pencil/pen, and your calculator. Please
make sure you have your own calculator; sharing of calculators is not
permitted.
 Students who miss more than 25% of class sessions may be barred from taking
the final exam [20062007 Academic Calendar p.18].
 In case of inclement weather, the TWU campus conditions will be announced
on local radio stations and posted on the TWU website; for more details please
see www.twu.ca/conditions.
