Honors Applied Statistical Methods
Fall 2017, Mon.Wed.Fri. 12:00 in Posvar 1811 CRN 12409,
4 credits [recitation CRN 12410 in Posvar 1811 or 1201]
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh
| Instructor || Dr. Nancy Pfenning |
| Office || Posvar 1808 |
| Website || www.pitt.edu/~nancyp/stat-1000/index.html |
| E-mail || firstname.lastname@example.org |
| || 412-521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm) |
| || 412-624-8336 (during office hours) |
| Office Hrs. ||
Thurs. 10:00-11:45 in Posvar 1809
or by appt. |
| Stat Lab || Posvar 1201; for hours of
but avoid times when it's been reserved (schedule to be posted on the door).
| Course Assistant ||
email@example.com Office Hours Thursday evenings 5:30 to 6:30 and Friday mornings 9:00 to 10:00 in Posvar (room to be announced).
the 648-7920 for the Dietrich School's Peer Tutoring center, or visit their
Practice Final available; see
number sense activity
Try the problems in Practice Midterm 2
solutions by mid-November.
normal populations (n=1000, n=150, n=100)
for activity on sampling without replacement
Try all the problems in Practice Midterm 1
by Friday, October 6th; see
Powerpoint Lecture Slides
Practice Quizzes and Solutions
Blank Homework Forms (to be printed if you
didn't pick one up in class)
Monday, October 17 is Fall Break and no classes meet that day. Instead,
all Monday classes are shifted to Tuesday, October 18 and classes for Tuesday
are cancelled that week.
Lab Problems 1 to 4 (done together in Stat Lab for
15 pts.), 5 to 8 (done together in Stat Lab for 15
pts. and may be presented as seminars),
9 to 12 (done independently and handed in for 20 pts.)
Student Survey data:
a tab-delimited text file, is now available;
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.
MINITAB is available on the PCs at all campus computing labs, such
as Cathedral, Forbes Quad, Benedum, and of course the Stat Lab. If in addition you would like to
have MINITAB on your PC,
Pitt's Software Download Service
offers MINITAB for free.
a free 30-day demo can be downloaded from
Recitations on the following dates:
Aug. 31, Oct.12, Oct.19, Oct.26, Nov.16, Nov.30, Dec.4, Dec.7
will be held in the Posvar 1201 Computer Lab unless announced otherwise.
Handout in recitation on MINITAB 17 Basics
to be used as a reference for all MINITAB work; for work on a Mac,
see MinitabForMac .
This course is an intensive introduction to statistical methods which
stresses the development of critical thinking skills and increased
awareness of how these methods are applied in a variety of disciplines. It
is designed for students who want to do data analysis and to study further
ideas in applied statistics beyond this course. Students are
encouraged to investigate applications in their own major or areas of
personal interest. The topics covered include descriptive statistics,
elementary probability, random sampling, controlled experiments, hypothesis
testing, regression, chi-square, and the analysis of variance. In addition,
students will be exposed to more advanced topics in modern
statistical practice. Emphasis will be placed on the statistical reasoning
underlying the methods. Students will also become proficient at the use of
a statistical software package, MINITAB.
Mandatory for all recitations. Up to 3 absences tolerated for lectures.
MATH 0031 (Algebra) or equivalent.
No Comp. Sci. background needed.
Homework assignments , computer lab problems, quizzes,
two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.
| 13 Homeworks || 300 |
| 12 Lab (Software) Problems || 50 |
| 2 Seminar Presentations || 30 |
| Seminar Questions/Comments || 20 |
| Midterm 1 || 150 |
| Midterm 2 || 150 |
| Final Exam || 300 |
| Total || 1000 |
Note that for seminars involving the discussion of a news story or journal
article (1a, 1b, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 35) all students must write up at least 2 questions/comments per article(s), which they have read in advance. They should refer to those questions/comments during discussion, then turn them in for credit at the end of class.
These questions/comments should NOT be formulated on the spot during the presentation!
Grading system is the usual 90-100% 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"; doing your best
throughout the semester can help you to optimize your
chances for the best possible grade.
Statistics: Looking at the Big Picture
(c)2011 Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning, sold royalty-free at the University of Pittsburgh Book Center. Do not order the Instructor's Edition online.
If you'd like to consult other statistics books for
reference, ask me in office hours. A calculator (any kind) is needed.
Recitations (Thursdays 12:00 Posvar 1811 or 1201) will be used for seminar-style presentations featuring either
applications of statistical methods in current media or research reports
or student-led activities to aid in understanding principles of sampling
and random behavior. Sign up with me in class.
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
our course assistant 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
Every student is responsible for understanding and abiding by the University's code for ethical behavior, as outlined on this website: