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ST230A: Introduction to Probability and Statistics for Science (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

Data collection and description including univariate and bivariate frequency tables, histograms and summary statistics; elementary probability theory; random variables and expectations; sampling theory and the Central Limit Theorem; estimation and hypothesis testing for data from one and two normal populations.


MA104, or (one of MA101, MA103, MA110*, and either MA121 or MA122)


MA240, MA241, BU205, BU255, EC205, EC255, EC285, ST260.


Professor Zilin Wang (PhD)
Office location: LH3047 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., or by appointment.
E: zwang@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2870


Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. in LH1010 (Lazaridis Hall).

Lab Coordinator

Erica Marshall
E: emarshall@wlu.ca
Telephone: x3284
Office location: LH3072 (Lazaridis Hall)


R.A. Johnson. Miller and Freund's Probability and Statistics for Engineers, 9th Edition, 2017.


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


Materials related to this course and the full course outline will be posted on the ST230 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:

  • Lab Reports (Every other Thursday): 18%
  • WebWorK (Weekly): 10%
  • Midterm Test 1 (Friday, Oct. 19, 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. in LH3060, LH3066 and LH3068): 18%
  • Midterm Test 2 (Friday, Nov. 23, 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. in LH1010 and LH1011): 18%
  • Final Exam (exact date, time and location to be announced): 36%

No exemption from the final examination will be granted. 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 ST230 and is provided for the convenience of students.