Statistics and Probability for Business Management
STAT 1100

Fall 2001, CRN 17255, 4 credits
Department of Statistics
University of Pittsburgh

Time/Place MWF 12:00-12:50, Langley A221
Instructor Dr. Nancy Pfenning
Office Cathedral 2710
Phone 624-8729 (statistics office, leave message with Diane)
  521-8349 (home, if urgent, before 10pm)
  624-8336 (during office hours)
Office Hours MWF 9:30-11:30
  additional hours by appointment
Stat Lab 435 Cathedral, for schedule see Stat Lab Hours
  (take stairs up from Bigelow side of Cathedral)


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  • Description

    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.


    12 Homeworks (>) 200
    Best 10 of 12 Quizzes 100
    2 Midterms, 200 each 400
    Final Exam 300
    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.


    Richard A. Johnson & Dean W. Wichern: Business Statistics: Decision Making with Data, 1st ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

    Supplemental Material

    Supplements A and B, which extend the textbook's treatment of continuous probability distributions in Chapter 7, will be handed out in class, as well as being made available here as a postscript file. Accompanying Supplemental Exercises A and B are also provided, with solutions to odd-numbered problems.

    Lecture Notes

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


    • Wednesday, 10:00-10:50 Cathedral 352 (CRN 17261)
    • Instructor:Joe DeRiggi
    • Office Hours: Tues 10:30-11:30 Wed 1:00-2:00 Thurs 10:30-11:30 in Cathedral Ground Floor cafeteria
    • Wednesday, 11:00-11:50 Cathedral 119 (CRN 17266)
    • Instructor:Joe DeRiggi
    • Office Hours: Tues 10:30-11:30 Wed 1:00-2:00 Thurs 10:30-11:30 in Cathedral Ground Floor cafeteria
    • Wednesday, 11:00-11:50 Cathedral 151 (CRN 46080)
    • Instructor: Shalabh
    • Office Hours: Tues and Thurs 11:00-12:30 in Cathedral 2628 (take elevator to 27, walk down stairs to 26)

    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.

    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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