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ST259A: Probability I (Fall 2018)

Calendar Description

Elementary probability theory; conditional probability and independence; discrete and continuous random variables; expected value, variance, covariance and correlation; introduction to Moment Generating Functions; the Law of Large Numbers and the Central Limit Theorem.


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




Professor Roman Makarov (PhD)
Office: LH3054C (Lazaridis Hall)
Office Hours: Tuesday 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., or by appointment.
E: rmakarov@wlu.ca


Monday and Wednesday 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. in LH3094 (Lazaridis Hall)

Lab Coordinator

Katie McGarry
E: cmcgarry@wlu.ca
Telephone: x2146
Office: LH3074 (Lazaridis Hall)


Devore, J.L. and Berk, K.N. (2012). Modern Mathematical Statistics with Applications. 2nd Edition. Published by Springer.


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 ST259 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:

  • WebWorK Assignments (One every other week): 10%
  • Laboratories (One every other week): 20%
  • Midterm Exam Test 1 (Monday, Oct. 22, in LH3094 and LH2066, 80 minutes): 15%
  • Midterm Exam Test 2 (Monday, Nov. 26, in LH3094 and LH2066, 80 minutes): 20%
  • Final Examination (comprehensive) (2.5 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 35%

No exemption from the final examination will be granted. In addition to achieving a percentage grade of at least 50%, a minimum grade of 40% on the final examination is necessary 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 ST259 and is provided for the convenience of students.