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Statistics 380
Statistics and Applications
Fall 2005


Name: Christopher R. Bilder, Ph.D.
Office: Hardin Center 342D (northeast corner of the north wing)

Office hours: MW 10-11AM (Hardin),  M 3:30-4:15PM (Avery 250), and by appt.
STAT 380 website: or


Walpole, R. E., Myers, R. H., Myers, S. L., and Ye, K. (2002). Probability & Statistics for Engineers & Scientists. Prentice Hall: Upper Saddle River, NJ.

Note: Answer manual is on reserve at the Math library (basement of Avery, room 14)


MATH 107H (Honors Calculus II) or MATH 208 (Analytic Geometry & Calculus III)


 Grades will be based upon the following:  

  Percent of grade
1 Comprehensive Final   20%
3 Tests (lowest score dropped)   40%
Projects, Quizzes, etc...   35%
Classroom participation 5%

For the tests part, each test (excluding the lowest score) will be worth 20% of the grade.

If you miss a test:

Since your lowest test score is dropped, your first missed test is your drop test. If you miss more than one test, come to my office to discuss the situation. Bring any documented proof needed to support your case. No “make-up” quizzes are allowed for students missing class. If you miss a quiz, the lost points may be partially recovered by doing the extra credit on projects.  Note that this testing policy includes class absences that are “university excused” or due to extenuating circumstances. 

Grading Scale:

A ³90% and £100%
B ³80% and <90%
C ³70% and <80%
D ³60% and <70%
F <60%

+ and – letter grades are 2.5% from the above cut off points. For example, A- is 90-92.5% and B+ is 87.5-90%.

A project completed in an unreadable or unprofessional manner will be returned to the student. The project may be redone and turned in again; however, points will be deducted from the grade. No late projects, quizzes, etc. will be accepted.

You are required to turn in all projects electronically. E-mail projects to me in Word documents BEFORE the time the project is due. I will e-mail you an acknowledgement if it has been received. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement from me, it is your responsibility to determine what happened to the project.

Computer usage

Excel and Maple will be used extensively to perform calculations in this class. Excel is available in most university computer labs. Students can purchase Office from the UNL computer store for $9.99, which will contain Excel. Maple is available in the Math computer lab (Avery 18, an account is needed) and a few other places as well on campus. Students may purchase a 4-month lease for Maple from at a price of $39. Full copies of the software can be purchased from this website as well and the UNL computer store.

All projects must be completed using Excel or Maple whenever a computer is needed for calculations (unless otherwise stated). Projects completed using other software packages will not be accepted.

A calculator will also be helpful for tests to do basic calculations, derivatives, and integration.

 Final exam  

The final exam is scheduled for 3:30-5:30PM on Thursday, December 15. There are no longer “unit exams” for this course.

How to be successful in this course

To be successful in this course, I strongly suggest that you should:

  1. Take all exams

  2. Complete all projects

  3. Understand the material in the course lecture notes

  4. Understand how to do all Excel and Maple calculations discussed during class

  5. Complete all homework

  6. Read the corresponding sections of the textbook as we cover the course material

If you have problems with completing any of the above, please ask questions in class or stop by during my office hours.

© 2005 Christopher R. Bilder