COURSE TOPICSMathematics 355 provides an introduction to statistical analysis including data summarization, exploratory data analysis and statistical inference. The course also includes applications of MINITAB computing software. Topic areas covered are.
Applied Statistics and Probability
Probability: This course is intended for students who have completed an introductory course in probability. The probability prerequisite is Mathematics 155H or equivalent.
Mathematics: This course is intended for students who have completed an introductory course in calculus and have had an introduction to matrix algebra. The mathematics prerequisite is Mathematics 110 or Mathematics 105H or equivalent. Mathematics 135H is highly recommended.
Computing: Previous specific computing experience is not required for those parts of the course involving computer-based analyses; however, familiarity with the Trent University computing facilities will be assumed. The applications of MINITAB will be introduced in the courses as necessary.
Calculators: Due to the considerable amount of numerical work involved in this course, students should possess a calculator with built-in statistical function keys.
Lectures: There will be three lecture hours per week as indicated in the University Academic Timetable. Lecture hours will be used for the presentation of course material and for questions related to the course material. Lecture hours will be used for tests as well, as indicated below in the test schedule. Students are responsible for all material covered in lectures and for all announcements made in lecture hours. Students who miss classes must ensure that they determine what material was covered and what announcements were made in classes that they miss.
Seminars: There will be problems seminars as scheduled in the University Academic Timetable. Seminars will not take place every week, but will be scheduled to coordinate with problem sets.
* There will be a class decision to determine whether the final examiniation will be a take-home examination or a regular three-hour sit-down examination. If it is the latter, any student who obtains a mark on the final examination that is higher than the final mark produced by the weighting above will receive her/his examination mark as her/his final mark, provided that s/he has a complete term mark. A student must submit solutions for all problem sets and write both tests to have a complete term mark!
PROBLEM SET DUE DATES
Problem set solutions may be submitted
in class or may be submitted by 4:00 pm to the instructorÝs office.
Late submissions should be approved, in advance, by the instructor.
Tentative due dates are:
Discussing problems and working out solutions with other students is a natural part of the learning process; however, students ultimately must be able to do problems themselves. Students are expected to produce and to write up their own final solutions individually. Copying from other students is plagiarism. Students should note the following university statement on plagiarism.
Plagiarism is an extremely serious academic offence and carries penalties varying from failure in an assignment to debarment from the University. Definitions, procedures and penalties for dealing with plagiarism are set out in Trent UniversityÝs Policy on Plagiarism which is available on request from every department or college office or from the RegistrarÝs office.