
STAT 301
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 Fall Semester of 2017. The course schedule has been updated to reflect changes brought about by Hurricane Irma and the resulting power outage. Homework #2 has been cancelled; due dates on other assignments have been changed. Grades for the current semester are posted here. Students are identified by the last four digits of their student number. Grades are current through Sunday, September 17. 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. Late assignments are accepted at a penalty grade. The lowest four review assignments will be dropped in computing your course grade. Review assignments and attendance combined comprise 20% of your grade in the course. Daily review assignments are 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.
Due dates for these assignments are given in the course schedule. Homework will
not normally be accepted late. The lowest of the
Students will complete three course projects, one for each unit of the class. These are intended to be group projects. (You may be a oneperson group. I encourage you to work with others on these, as you will learn more from your interaction with others. However, I realize that this is not convenient for some students, and so it is not required.) In each project, you will complete a research task, from problem formulation, through data collection and analysis, to final presentation of results. The three projects together are worth 20% of the course grade.
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.)
