Introduction to Statistics

STAT 263/3.0

A basic course in statistical methods with the necessary probability included. Topics include probability models, random variables, distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, elementary nonparametric methods.


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.

Pre-Test (PDF)


Weekly Quizzes 10%, Midterm 30%, Final Exam 60% or
Weekly Quizzes 10%, Midterm 10%, Final Exam 80%, whichever gives you the higher mark

Weekly Quizzes

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.

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.
**Evaluation subject to change**

Time Commitment

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.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.


Moodle 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 Moodle 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 requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a good-quality computer (Windows XP/Vista/7, Pentium III, or Mac OS X 10.5, G4 or G5 processor, 256 MB RAM) with a high-speed internet connection, soundcard, speakers, and microphone, and up-to-date versions of free software (Explorer/Firefox, Java, Flash, Adobe Reader). See also Preparing For Your Course.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Dates and Deadlines section.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for 2014-15 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Canadian students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $605.31; for a 6.0-unit course, $1210.62. See also Tuition and Payment.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
Have your SOLUS grade report handy and then follow the link to the Arts and Science GPA calculators.

How does this affect my academics?
See the GPA and Academic Standing page.

Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
Please follow this link to the FAQ's

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

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.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.