STAT 280: Elementary Applied Statistics


Time:                   MW 9:00 am – 10:20 am

Location:              Herman Brown 22

Course Text:         Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 5th ed., by David S. Moore, George P. McCabe, W.H. Freeman & Co., c2006

ISBN:                  2004114217


Instructor:            Galen I. Papkov


Office:                 Duncan Hall 2076

Ph:                      713.348.2863


Office Hours:          Monday 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Thursday   1:00 pm –  2:00 pm


Course Description:


A non-calculus introduction to statistical methods with emphasis on techniques. Includes computer laboratory. Topics include basic probability, descriptive statistics, probability distributions, confidence intervals, significance testing, simple linear regression and correlation, association between categorized variables.


Course Content:


Ch. 1 – graphs, descriptive statistics, “normal” distribution

Ch. 2 – bivariate data, scatterplot, correlation, least squares regression, causation, transformations

Ch. 3 – experimental design, sampling, inference

Ch. 4 – randomness, probability concepts & models, random variables, distribution moments (i.e. mean, variance)

Ch. 5 – sampling distribution for counts and proportions

Ch. 6 – confidence intervals, significance, statistical tests, power

Ch. 7 – inference for one and two populations

Ch. 8 – inference for one and two proportions

Ch. 9 – inference for two-way tables, chi-square test

Plus special topics if time permits.


Grading: (40% assignments, 60% examinations)



Homework:          15%

Weekly Labs:        15%

Project:                10%



Quizzes:               10%

Test 1:                 15%

Test 2:                 15%

Final:                   20%




Homework will typically (but not always) be assigned on a Monday and due a week later at the beginning of class.  Late assignments will suffer a 25% penalty and must be handed in within 48 hours or at the beginning of the next class period, whichever comes first.  Homework will NOT be accepted after the “late” deadline has passed.  Students are responsible for knowing when an assignment is due, handing homework in on time, and making sure it is legible.




Short notice will be given for quizzes.  If attendance drops significantly, then these short-notice quizzes will become pop quizzes.  A missed quiz equals a zero.  If there is a special reason and a student informs the instructor that he/she will be missing a quiz at least 24 hours before the quiz is given, then that student will have 1 week to reschedule.  It is the student’s responsibility to contact the instructor to reschedule a make-up quiz. 




There will be 2 in-class or evening exams and a final exam given during the finals period.  The policy for missing an exam is the same as for quizzes.  If an exam is missed for a special reason and the instructor is notified at least 24 hours in advance (prior to exam time), then the student will have 1 week to reschedule and take a make-up exam.




A student is expected to attend class.  If a student misses a class, then he or she is responsible for keeping up with the course material and finding out if any exams, quizzes, or homeworks have been assigned or scheduled.  Aside form class, all assignments will be posted on OWL-space.  Therefore, it is mandatory that all student have a netID and password which will be used during lab and to access OWL-space.




Everyone is assigned to a particular lab session. Lab instructors will hold these sessions and the weekly lab assignment is due at the beginning of the following week's session. Attendance at the lab sessions is not mandatory. You may conduct labs in groups of TWO, but the write-up MUST be completed on your own.  Lab write-ups should be original and in the student’s own words. If you find yourself working in a group for the labs, be sure to indicate ALL group members on your lab submission.  Labs turned in after the initial deadline will suffer a 10% penalty. Labs more than 1 week late will NOT be accepted. 


Lab Location:       Symonds 2, Duncan Hall 1020 (Located outside the main part of DH, towards Keck Hall)


Lab Days and Times:

Sunday and Monday 7-9pm

Tuesday 3-5pm




Any student with a documented disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations is encouraged to speak with the instructor 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.