This course aims to give students a broad exposure to statistical methods useful
in "real world" situations, especially in business practice. We will examine three
broad categories of statistical tools: (1) descriptive statistics, which summarize available
data; (2) inferential statistics, which generalize from a sample to a larger population; and
(3) modeling procedures, such as regression analysis, which make predictions based upon the
underlying structure of the data.
I am teaching two sections of STAT 301 during the Spring Semester of 2014.
The purpose of daily review assignments is to provide timely review and
feedback on the basic course concepts and computational mechanics covered each day in
class. This structured regular review facilitates mastery of course material. Review
assignments are due at the beginning of the following class. They are checked simply
for reasonable effort, not accuracy. Completing them is worth a small portion of the
course grade (roughly equivalent to two quizzes). Daily review assignments are distributed
in class. They are also available from the links below. (Many of the review assignment
webpages have links to more detailed solutions, in case you run into difficulty while
working on them.)
These assignments are longer and more involved than daily review assignments.
Their purpose is to take the basic concepts and calculations of the course (which are
reinforced by the daily review) and to apply them to "real world" situations, so you may be
able to use the material in the course in your professional and personal life. There are two
levels of homework: "regular" homework assignments and longer group project
assignments. Due dates for these assignments are given in the course schedule. Homework will
not normally be accepted late.
Each homework assignment and project will require a written report. Projects
will also require an oral presentation. Some general guidelines for these are given in
the links below. (Individual assignments may of course also provide particular
requirements specific to that assignment.