## 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:
- Midterms: Thursday, Feb. 23, and Thursday, April 5: in class.
- Final Exam: Monday, May 7, 11:30-2:30P: room TBA

There will be **no early or makeup exams.**

** GRADING:**
Your grade will be determined as follows:
- Projects: 10%
- Homework: 15%
- Midterms: 40%
- Final Exam: 35%

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.

**IMPORTANT DATES**:
- 1/17: Classes begin
- 2/17: Project 1 due
- 2/23: Midterm 1
- 3/16: Project 2 due
- 4/6: Project 3 due
- 4/26: Project 4 due