Basic Applied Statistics
STAT 200

Fall 2008, Mon.Wed.Fri. 10:00 (CRN 12604) CL 232, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2710
Phone 624-8729 (statistics office, leave message with secretary)
  521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  624-8336 (during office hours)
Office Hrs Wed. 1:00-2:00, Thurs. 10:00-11:45 in CL 2710 or by appt.
Stat Lab For hours of operation and names of TAs on staff, see schedule but avoid times when it's been reserved (scroll down to their calendar). Lab is in 435 Cathedral (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral).
Tutors Contact the Academic Resource Center 648-7920 for free tutoring by undergrads or visit their website or see their weekly schedule and click on "Statistics" for information on both drop-in and appointment hours.


  • Dr. Pfenning's additional office hours before due date of last homework: Mon. Dec. 1 from 1:00 to 2:00, Tues. Dec. 2 from 10:00 to 11:45.
  • 11-05 Practice Midterm 2 handed out in class; see solutions .
  • Midterm 1 grades averaged 75%
  • Songs that ask questions (open or closed)
  • Monday, October 13 is Fall Break and no classes meet that day. Instead, all Monday classes (including lectures AND recitations) are shifted to Tuesday, October 14 and classes for Tuesday are cancelled that week.
  • Practice Midterm 1 and Solutions
  • Powerpoint Lecture Slides
  • Practice Quizzes and Solutions
  • Labs 1-2, Labs 3-4, Labs 5-8, Labs 9-12 can be accessed here in case you miss any of the lab recitations and need to make up the work.
  • Recitations on the following dates will be held in the Stat Lab 435 CL (enter on Bigelow side of Cathedral, take steps up to 4th floor): Aug.25-26, Sep.2 (Make-up only, if you didn't attend Aug.25-26), Sep.22-23, Oct.6-7, Nov.24-25, Dec.1-2.
  • Student Survey data: survey9-21-03.txt. a tab-delimited text file, is now available. To download it into MINITAB, type ctrl A to highlight, ctrl C to copy, start up MINITAB, type ctrl V to paste it. If it asks about delimiters, click OK.
  • Here is a brief guide to MINITAB 15 Basics , used in this course, available in campus computing labs. If in addition you would like to have MINITAB on your PC, Pitt's Software Licensing Service at 105 Bellefield Hall (behind Heinz Chapel) offers MINITAB CDs for only $5 a copy (be sure to have your student ID with you)! Otherwise, a free fully functional demo can be downloaded from BUT it will only run for 30 days, so consider waiting until later in the semester!


    This is a course for students who wish to learn basic methods in order to analyze simple studies and experiments. This course will present the basic methods of applied statistics, utilizing an easy-to-use interactive statistical computing package called MINITAB. Students will be provided with readily understandable and intuitive descriptions of statistical analyses. The topics to be covered include: basic descriptive statistics for univariate and bivariate data, very elementary probability theory, random samplings from populations and random allocation to experimental treatments, sampling distributions, concepts of confidence intervals and hypothesis testing, tests of means in one-sample, two-sample, paired-sample and standard analysis of variance contexts. Categorical data analysis will also be discussed. Most students taking this course will probably not pursue further formal undergraduate study in applied statistics.


    MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent. No Comp. Sci. background needed.


    Homework assignments , computer lab problems, quizzes, two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.


    12 Homeworks 350
    12 Lab Problems 50
    Best 10 of 11 Quizzes 100
    Midterm 1 150
    Midterm 2 150
    Final Exam 250
    Total 1050
    Course % Total divided by 10

    Course Grade

    90-105% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses are assigned to the students at the top of each grade range and minuses to the students at the bottom. None of us can know in advance if an individual student will be a "borderline case"; completing all the assignments throughout the semester can help you to optimize your chances for the best possible grade; no late homeworks will be accepted.


    Pfenning--- Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture, manuscript for future publication by CENGAGE Learning, available in bookstore, royalty-free. Previous editions may be purchased used. A calculator is needed; any kind will do.

    Recitations: *Check this website for office hour updates.*

    • Monday, 11:00-11:50 CL 218 [CRN 12608]
    • Monday, 12:00-12:50 CL 218 [CRN 12610]
    • Monday, 1:00-1:50 CL 218 [CRN 12612]
    • Tuesday, 2:00-2:50 CL 237 [CRN 12606]

    Instructor: Amy White Office Hours* Wednesdays 11:00-12:00 and Thursdays 12:00-1:00 in 2422 Posvar Hall

    Recitations will concentrate on the use of MINITAB (our computer package) and on the clarification and review of lecture material. All quizzes except Quiz 11 will be administered in recitation. In addition, individual questions, especially those pertaining to the homework assignments, may be addressed.

    Note: The material in this course is cumulative in nature. Thus, it is important not to fall behind in your reading or assignments or you will find yourself lost. If you are confused, see me or your recitation instructor for help.

    Note to Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216 WPU (412) 648-7890, as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course. See their website

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