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BUAD 310: APPLIED BUSINESS STATISTICS
Spring 2008  (14866R)
Professor:
Arif Ansari, Ph.D.
Office:
BRI 307 A (Bridge Hall 3
rd
Floor)
Phone:
2138215521 or 2137400172 (Leave Message)
Email:
aansari@usc.edu
Office hours:
Monday
3:00  3:55
p.m.
Wednesday
3:00  3:55
p.m.
Lecture:
Monday and Wednesday 45:50 p.m.
JKP110
Grader:
TBA
Course Objectives:
My main objective is to assist you in developing an understanding of the statistical skills needed for
future success in marketing, accounting, management, finance and other fields of business administration.
This class has been designed in such a way that you can approach this course without the anxiety often
associated with statistics. No mathematical background beyond high school algebra is required for an
understanding of the material. The only prerequisite is Mathematics 218, and even so, we will review
some of the needed concepts from that class. Students interested in more challenging applications or
remedial help are especially encouraged to talk to me during office hours.
To prepare yourself to use statistical techniques effectively when you enter the world of employment, you
must learn to use the computer. You will be introduced and get lots of practice with MINITAB, very
popular and selfexplanatory statistical software.
Goals of Course
Students shall obtain the following from the BUAD 310:
A basic understanding of probability, statistical reasoning, and data analysis.
The use of a computer statistical package to analyze data.
An increase in quantitative abilities, and therefore enhanced probability of success in the business
world.
This course is just the beginning in one’s education in statistics. We will not be able to discuss all
common statistical procedures and techniques.
TEXT BOOKS and SOFTWARE:
Dr. Arif Ansari
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View Full DocumentStatistical Thinking for Managers, 4th Edition David Hildebrand  Wharton School, University of
Pennsylvania, R. Lyman Ott  Marion Merrell Dow, Inc.,
ISBN10: 0534204066  ISBN13: 9780534204068
Minitab Student Release 14 for Windows, Student edition.
The software comes with the textbook package, so that you can do your analyses on your computer. The
more powerful version of Minitab is up on the computers at school (public labs).
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
The course is made of four main units:
1.
Gathering, displaying and summarizing data
2.
Inferential statistics based on random samples (Review)
3.
Correlation and Regression analysis
4.
Time series analysis
The fifth part will be covered if time permits.
1.
Comparing proportions and Contingency Tables Analysis
The course presentation will, for the most part, be similar to the text and Prof. Ansari’s class notes
(power point slides). However, on occasion, lectures will cover topics not in the text. Moreover, the third
unit, to be considered
the most important part
of the course, will be presented differently that in the text.
At the beginning of each unit, you may receive handouts that cover most of the material you are expected
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