STAT 280: Elementary Applied Statistics

Time:               MWF 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm 

Location:          Sewall Hall 301 

Course Text:    Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 4th ed., David S. Moore,

                        George P. McCabe, W.H. Freeman and Co., c2003, ISBN: 0716796570


Instructor:                                                                       Course Website:

Dr. John A. Dobelman                                            (see courses)

Duncan Hall 2091, 713 348 3652 –or- JGSM 348 713 348 5369

Office Hours:   Negotiable.  Wednesday/Friday 10-11 a.m.



Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce the student to statistical methodology useful for data analysis. Emphasis will be placed on applications through working examples and computer-assisted data analysis in lab sessions.


Course Content:  Chapters 1 – 9 of text plus special topics, Possible other real-life data project(s)


Grading:  50% assignments, 50% examination.  Late policy: 20% penalty for HW turned in by next class; no credit for later than this.


Assignments (50%)                                                         Laboratory Sections:   Sec. 1: Sunday 5-7

Homework:      20%                                                        Sec. 2: Monday 7-9

Weekly Labs:   20%                                                        Sec. 3: Tuesday 3-5

Project(s):        10%                                                        (see below)


Test/Quiz/Exam (50%)

Test 1:              15%

Test 2:              15%

Quizzes:           \

Final Exam:      /  20%



Everyone is assigned to a particular lab session. Lab instructors will hold these sessions, and the weekly lab assignment is due by the end of the following week's session. Attendance at the lab sessions is not mandatory. You may complete the assignment on your own, as long as it is turned in (to your lab instructor or to me) before the end of your assigned lab session.  Labs more than 1 week late will NOT be accepted.


Lab instructors:   See


Lab location: Gardiner Symonds Digital Teaching Center 2, Duncan Hall 1020 (Located outside the main Duncan Hall)


Symonds Workstation ID/Password:

Owlnet PC's require an Owlnet account with a PC/Mac password.  Please obtain a CAMPUS PC PASSWORD prior to coming to the first lab.  The PC/Mac password is not your normal Owlnet password (i.e. what you use to log into a UNIX machine or check your mail with); it is a special password which allows you to access Owlnet PC and Macintosh computers. If you don't have one or have forgotten it, you can go to to set/change it.




Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is requested to speak with me during the first two weeks of class. All discussions will remain confidential. Students with disabilities should also contact Disability Support Services in the Ley Student Center.