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MA490A: Stochastic Processes (Fall 2017)

Calendar Description

Markov chains in discrete and continuous time, birth-death processes, renewal theory, renewalreward theory, Markov processes, stationary processes, introduction to queuing theory.


MA340 or ST359.


Professor G. (Joe) Campolieti (PhD)
Office location: LH3073 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Monday and Wednesday 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., other times by appointment only.
Email: gcampoli@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2067


Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. in BA112 (Bricker Academic Building)


An Introduction to Stochastic Modeling, M.A. Capinsky and S. Karlin. 2011, 4th Edition, Academic Press, or the 3rd edition of this textbook, by Howard M. Taylor and S. Karlin.


Students may use a non-programmable, non-graphing calculator on course tests and the final examination.


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the MA490 MyLearningSpace website. You are responsible for checking here on a regular basis for important announcements.


A final mark out of 100 will be calculated as follows:

  • Assignments: 25%
  • Midterm Exam (Wednesday, Nov. 1, 80 minutes, in class): 35%
  • Final Exam (2.5 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 40%

Students must achieve a score of at least 40% of the marks available on the final examination to be eligible to pass the course. The final mark will be reported as a letter grade in accordance with the conversion table of the current undergraduate calendar.

This document is a summary of the course outline for MA490 and is provided for the convenience of students.