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Introduction to Statistics
A basic course in statistical methods with the necessary probability included. Topics include probability models, random variables, distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, elementary nonparametric methods.
After completing this course, students should have the knowledge and skills to do the following:
- Determine and interpret statistics related to the location, variability, and shape of qualitative and quantitative data sets.
- Apply basic concepts of probability to determine the role that probability distributions play in statistical inference.
- Find and interpret confidence intervals for means, variances, and proportions.
- State the assumptions required for and perform basic parametric hypothesis tests about means, variances, and proportions, and find and interpret resulting p-values.
- Perform basic nonparametric hypothesis tests about means.
- Perform linear regression and make inferences based on the results.
- Apply knowledge of statistics and research design to critically evaluate research findings as well as to make more informed decisions in everyday life.
STAT 263/3.0 is a Moodle-based (i.e.,online) course which presents the basic concepts and methodology of statistics. A pre-test for the course is available (below). This test does not count toward the course but will be useful to students who wish to confirm that they have the algebra and computational skills necessary for the successful completion of the course.
2 Discussion Activities
2 Discussion Activities
Proctored Final Exam
Proctored Final Exam
*Whichever gives you the higher mark.
There will be 11 more-or-less weekly quizzes available via Moodle – there is no quiz the first week and the quiz for the week of the term test is deferred into the next week. The questions on the quizzes will be similar to questions worked through in the lectures and presented in the non-assignments.
Midterm and Final Exams
The term test, which covers material to the end of chapter 9, will take place during the sixth week of term. Students will take their term test online, like the quizzes.
The final exam will be a three-hour formally supervised exam and will cover all the course material, with an emphasis on material from the second half of the course. This is so because much of the material covered in the first half of the course is fundamental to the material covered in the second half. Details about the final exam will be posted on the STAT 263 Moodle page as they become available.
Textbooks and Materials
CDS reserves the right to make changes to the required material list as received by the instructor before the course starts. Please refer to the Campus Bookstore website at http://www.campusbookstore.com/Textbooks/SearchEngine/ to obtain the most up-to-date list of required materials for this course before purchasing them.
- Textbook and course notes: The textbook is required for the course both for the explanations of the material and for the practice questions it contains. There is no advantage to the 12th edition over the 11th edition and both should be readily available used. The STAT 263 Course Reader Custom Courseware (current version 1.9b) contains the PowerPoint slides presented in the online lectures.
- Online lectures: A complete set of videotaped STAT 263 lectures from a previous term, taught by Charles Molson, will be available on Moodle in Real Media format. The student should take notes in the courseware while viewing the online lectures.
- Solved problem sets: Suggested homework questions and solution sets (called assignments) are provided on the STAT 263 Moodle homepage. Students should work through the assignments in preparation for the quizzes, midterm test, and final exam. The assignments are not submitted or graded.
- Past term tests and exams: Term tests and final exams from the last few years of STAT 263 classes, along with answers and solutions, are provided from the STAT 263 Moodle homepage.
- Modern Elementary Statistics, by Freund & Perles, 12th Ed. or 11th Ed.
- STAT 263 Course Reader Custom Courseware (version 1.9b)
- A Casio 991 series calculator is required for this course
To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (120 hours per term) on the course.
OnQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into Moodle to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the OnQ site.
About Credit Units
Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.
To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.
- Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
- Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
- Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
- Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash
See also Getting Started.
The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.
Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2016-17 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $648.40; for a 6.0-unit course, $1296.80. See also Tuition and Fees.
The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.
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All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.
All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.
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