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STAT 250 INTRODUCTION TO BIOSTATISTICS “This course will cover statistical analysis and interpretation of data in the biological sciences; probability; distributions and statistical inference for one- and two-sample problems.” 3 credits Prerequisite: 3 credits in mathematics Objectives: In this course you will gain problem solving skills that will allow you to decide for yourself if research involving data is trustworthy or not. Mathematical calculations are necessary but more important is interpreting the values computed. At the end of the semester you will be able to organize data using numerical and graphical summaries, apply properties to data based on the distribution that it follows, make calculations that prove or disprove a hypothesis, interpret the trend in new data compared to a previous standard, diagnose the trustworthiness of inference, collect data without bias and diagnose bias in collected data. Faculty Contact: TA information: Jenny Shook Zhe Chen 416 Thomas 316 Thomas (814) 865-6164 (814) 863-3238 Email: Use ANGEL Email: Use ANGEL Office hours: Office hours: Monday 10-11am Wednesday 12:15-2:15pm Thursday 11am-12noon Friday 1-2pm Materials: Textbook: Marcello Pagano and Kimberlee Gauvreau’s Principles of Biostatistics Second Edition, Duxbury. Calculator: Any kind that can compute a square root (graphing ok) – cell phones prohibited. Vocabulary Journal: A journal in which you can log vocabulary terms and their definitions, by hand, from the textbook as you read (loose leaf paper is acceptable). Essentials: Notebook or paper to take notes on lectures, to work out problems in class; pen, pencil, eraser, etc. Computer : One day each week you will have the use of a computer in class (lab). Outside of class, any computer on campus can provide the same information as do the ones in class. You will need to access ANGEL regularly for all course information. Course Format: You are encouraged to travel through the world of biostatistics with your classmates. Each week, you will receive a reading assignment to complete before the first lecture. The lecture will present examples that illustrate the concepts in the reading assignment. The following class will be time for the teacher and classmates to work together through examples illustrating concepts from the reading, adding
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This note was uploaded on 04/10/2008 for the course STAT 250 taught by Professor Shook,jenniferlychen,zhe during the Spring '07 term at Penn State.

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