Fall 2015 - STAT 270 D100

Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)

Class Number: 3463

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Mon, Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

    Sep 8 – Dec 7, 2015: Fri, 9:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2015
    Thu, 8:30–11:30 a.m.

  • Corequisites:

    MATH 152 or 155 or 158. Students wishing an intuitive appreciation of a broad range of statistical strategies may wish to take STAT 100 first.



Basic laws of probability, sample distributions. Introduction to statistical inference and applications. Quantitative.


Lab Instructor: Robin Insley


  1. Introduction to graphical and numerical descriptive statistics including histogram, boxplot, scatterplot, sample mean, sample median, sample standard deviation and sample correlation coefficient.
  2. Elementary probability rules, basic combinatorial formulae, conditional probability and independence.
  3. Introduction to discrete distributions including probability mass function, expectation, binomial distribution and Poisson distribution.
  4. Introduction to continuous distributions including probability density function, expectation, cumulative distribution function, uniform distribution, gamma distribution, exponential distribution, normal distribution, normal approximation to the binomial distribution, jointly distributed random variables, statistics and their distributions, Central Limit Theorem.
  5. Single sample inference including estimation and testing for proportions and means.
  6. Two sample inference including estimation and testing for differences in proportions and differences in means, paired data.


  • Midterm 1 12%
  • Midterm 2 12%
  • Midterm 3 12%
  • Midterm 4 12%
  • Final Exam 52%


All grading is subject to change.

There will be no make-up midterms.  Students who provide a valid medical excuse (the needed form is at https://www.sfu.ca/mbb/Ugrd/documents/healthcare-statement-general.pdf) will be graded based on the remainder of the exams.



Required Textbook:

Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 2nd ed. by Tim Swartz. Publisher: Pearson.
ISBN: 978-1-269-73721-0

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Students with Disabilites:
Students requiring accommodations as a result of disability must contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities 778-782-3112 or csdo@sfu.ca

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Registrar Notes:

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