Stat 200 Basic Applied Statistics

Spring 2012, Mon.Wed.Fri. 10:00 (CRN 10924) or 11:00 (CRN 10925) or 12:00 (CRN 10949) CL 332, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2710
Phone 521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  624-8336 (during office hours)
Office Hrs Wed. 1:00-2:00, Thurs. 10:00-1:00 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


  • To help with any of your questions as you prepare for the final exam, Dr. Pfenning will hold office hours Monday, April 23 from 9 to 11 and Thursday, April 26 from 9 to 11 in CL 2710. Corinne will hold office hours on Tuesday April 24 from 1 to 3 in WWPH 2433.
  • Your mom is so bad at statistics...jokes contributed by class members
  • Minitab Labs 9-12
  • Solution form for Labs 9-12
  • Solution form for Homework12
  • Solution form for Homework13
  • Remote Quiz 10 and
  • Remote Quiz 11
  • Solution form for Remote Quizzes 10 and 11


    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.


    Pfenning Elementary Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture (c)2011 Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, STUDENT edition. If you'd like to consult other statistics books for reference, ask me in office hours. A calculator (any kind) is needed.


    Homework,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.

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

    10:00 Lecture Corinne Ogrodnik email Office Hrs* Thurs 1:00-3:00 WWPH 2433
    • Tuesday, 9:00-9:50 CL 252 [CRN 10939]
    • Tuesday, 10:00-10:50 CL 252 [CRN 10940]
    • Tuesday, 11:00-11:50 CL 252 [CRN 10941]
    • Tuesday, 2:00-2:50 Langley Hall A202 [CRN 10938]
    11:00 Lecture Brian Leventhal email Office Hrs* Wed 4:30-5:30, Thurs 2:30-3:30 CL 2617
    • Wednesday, 12:00-12:50 CL 253 [CRN 10942]
    • Wednesday, 1:00-1:50 CL 253 [CRN 10943]
    • Wednesday, 2:00-2:50 CL 253 [CRN 10944]
    • Thursday, 9:00-9:50 CL 219 [CRN 11098]
    12:00 Lecture Chongshu (Tony) Chen email Office Hrs* Thurs 5:00-6:00, Fri 2:00-3:00 CL 2712
    • Thursday, 4:00-4:50 CL 237 [CRN 10950]
    • Friday, 9:00-9:50 CL 204 [CRN 10951]
    • Friday, 10:00-10:50 CL 204 [CRN 11291]
    • Friday, 11:00-11:50 CL 204 [CRN 10952]

    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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