Statistics and Reasoning

Course Code: NATS 1500 M 3.0

Instructor's Name: Georges Monette

Course Description:

Logic is the science of reasoning from premises that are either true or false. Statistics is the science of reasoning under uncertainty. Understanding the principles of statistical reasoning is becoming increasingly crucial, not only for professionals like scientists, engineers and financial analysts but also for anyone striving to be an informed and intelligent citizen. Knowing statistical reasoning will help you see through the fog of information like claims for new products ranging from drugs to air bags. It will also help you understand key social controversies such as why the world financial meltdown is being blamed on a poor understanding of statistical concepts. The course will emphasize ideas and graphics instead of formulas. Some computing will be required, but all of it will be taught during the course. Evaluation is based on assignments, a class test, a project involving the analysis of real data and a final exam.

Course Format:

Three lecture hours and one hour tutorial or computer lab.

Course Credit Exclusions:

SC/MATH 1532 3.00. NCR Note: Not open to students who have passed or are taking AP/HH/SC/PSYC 2021 3.00, AP/HH/SC/PSYC 2022 3.00, AK/PSYC 2510 3.00 (prior to Summer 2002), AK/PSYC 3110 3.00 (prior to Summer 2002), SC/BIOL 2060 3.00, SC/BIOL 3090 3.00 (prior to Summer 2000), AP/ECON 2500 3.00, AP/ECON 3470 3.00, AP/ECON 3480 3.00, AP/ECON 3500 3.00.

Mathematical Content:

The course assumes high school algebra to the level of grade 11.

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