Statistics and Probability for Business Management
STAT 1100

Spring 2000, CRN 20078 and CRN 32326, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Group A MWF 10:00-10:50, IS 404 [CRN 20078]
Group B MWF 1:00-1:50, Thaw 102 [CRN 32326]
Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2632 (take elevator to 27, walk down one flight)
Phone 624-8368 (statistics office, leave message with Diane)
  521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  624-3715 (during office hours)
Office Hours MWF 9:00-9:30, 11:15-12:30 (tentative)
  additional hours by appointment
Stat Lab 715 Thackeray, hours to be announced


  • Group B lecture moved from Langley 221 to Thaw 102
  • Group A 11am recitation moved from PubHl 224 to Benedum 423
  • 12/22/99 First handout MINITAB for Windows available in several formats.
    HTML HTML Word Word PostScript PostScript PDF PDF


This is a one-term introduction to statistics and probability intended primarily for undergraduate business administration majors and for joint CAS/Business majors. Emphasis will be equally placed on statistical models, descriptive statistics and the analysis of data. A statistical computer package (MINITAB) will be introduced, and the students will be shown how to use this package to analyze management data.


MATH 0120 (Calculus for Business and Economics) or MATH 0220. No Computer Science background is needed.


Homework (including computer assignments), quizzes, two midterms, and a comprehensive final exam.


11 Homeworks 100
Best 10 of 11 Quizzes 100
2 Midterms, 200 each 400
Final Exam 400
Total 1000

Course Grade

90-100% A; 80-89% B; etc. Plusses and minuses are used for borderline cases and to ensure fairness and consistency.


Hildebrand & Ott: Statistical Thinking for Managers, 4th ed., Duxbury Press.

Lecture Notes

Available for copying in Math/Stats library 4th floor Thackeray


10am Lecture
  • Thursday, 11:00-11:50 (CRN 20484) Benedum 423
  • Thursday, 12:00-12:50 (CRN 20094) Benedum 1220
  • Instructor: Michelle Horgos,
  • Office Hours: Mon 1:30-3:00, Thu 10:00-10:50, 715 Thackeray
1pm Lecture
  • Tuesday, 1:00-1:50 (CRN 32334) Benedum 521
  • Tuesday, 2:00-2:50 (CRN 32339) Benedum 520
  • Instructor: Andy Wiesner,
  • Office Hours: Tue 11:30-12:30, Thu 12:30-1:30, 715 Thackeray

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

S.I. Instructor

Melissa Shapiro,

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.

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