Stat 131A: Statistical Inference for Social and Life Scientists, Spring 2012

INSTRUCTOR: Shobhana Murali Stoyanov: Please include your full name AND "Stat 131A" in all email to me.

CLASS TIME: TuTh 2-3:30P, in 9 Lewis

OFFICE HOURS: TuW: 11-12:30, and by appointment, in 325 Evans, and Friday 11-12 (for R) in 340 Evans

TEXT: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics , 7th ed., by Moore, McCabe, and Craig.

GSI: Michael Higgins .
Michael's office hours: M 9-11, Th 11-12, 387 Evans.

SCHEDULE: The course schedule is available here. Please check it frequently, as I will add links of interest and other updates.The slides from lecture may be found on bspace. If you cannot access them, please let me know.

HOMEWORK: The homework problems for each chapter may be found here. Homework will be assigned each Tuesday, and will be due in lab the following Tuesday.

PROJECTS: There will be 4 projects that will be turned in. These projects will be completed using the statistical software R, that can be downloaded here. Please go to the projects page for more details. The projects will be due (roughly) every 3 to 4 weeks.

EXAMS: There will be two in-class midterms, and one 3-hour final exam (room to be announced). If you do not take the final, you will not pass the class. The dates of the tests are: There will be no early or makeup exams.

GRADING: Your grade will be determined as follows: No individual letter grades will be given for the midterms, or the final. You will get a letter grade for the course that is based on your overall score. The grade distribution for upper division stat courses that we usually have is about 30% each A's, B's, C's, and about 10% of the class will receive D's and F's.

CALCULATOR: You will need one that adds, subtracts, multiplies, divides, takes square roots, raises numbers to a power, and preferably also computes factorials. Statistical calculators are unnecessary.