An introduction to the fundamentals of probability and statistics.
Topics will include central tendency, dispersion, probability, normal
distribution, hypothesis testing, and inferences about a population.
Applications from business, the social sciences, and the natural and
applied sciences will be used.
By the end of the course, the student should be able to understand the
basic concepts and language of statistics and probability, be able to do the
necessary calculations and, be able to work with the implications of the same.
A grade of "C" or better in BC Grade 11 Math or equivalent.
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: Johnson, Robert, and Kuby, Patricia,
Elementary Statistics (9th ed.), Thomson, 2004.
- Optional (contains solutions to odd-numbered problems):
Kuby, Patricia. The Statistical Tutor for Elementary Statistics.
(9th ed). paperback, Thomson, 2004.
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% ||Each Fri (~10 total)|
|Midterm 1 ||20% ||Fri 10 Feb|
|Midterm 2 ||20% ||Fri 17 Mar|
|Final Exam ||40% ||Mon 24 Apr 9-11am|
- Homeworks are due in-class by the start of class each Friday.
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.
- During in-class 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,
- During in-class 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
- Students who miss more than 25% of class sessions may be barred from taking
the final exam [2005-2006 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