Fall 2021 - STAT 811 G100

Statistical Consulting I (2)

Class Number: 5073

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Location: TBA

  • Instructor:

    Ian Bercovitz
    1 778 782-4670



This course is designed to give students some practical experience as a statistical consultant through classroom discussion of issues in consulting and participation in the department's Statistical Consulting Service under the direction of faculty members or the director.


This course is designed to give students some practical experience as a statistical consultant.  We will review some non statistical issues that arise in everyday consulting. Students will meet with clients, analyze data sets and produce summary reports.

There will be weekly presentations approximately 15-20 minutes in length on various non statistical issues in consulting.

Data sets will be presented and open class discussion of possible analysis methods will follow.

Prepare a bid for a contract and invoice.

Mode of teaching:

  • Lecture: Synchronous
  • Tutorial: None
  • Quizzes and Midterm: None
  • Final exam: None
  • Remote invigilation (Zoom, or other approved software) will be used.


  • Participation 10%
  • Presentation 10%
  • 3 Summary reports on client meetings including mock invoice 30%
  • Prepare a bid on a real contract 50%


Above grading is subject to change.



Access to high-speed internet, webcam.

Graduate Studies Notes:

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Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.