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ST259A: Probability I (Spring 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 Mark Reesor (PhD)
Office: LH3049 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office Hours: Tuesday 1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., or by appointment.
E: mreesor@wlu.ca
Telephone: x3247


Monday and Wednesday 1 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. in 2C16 (Arts Building)

Lab Coordinator

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


Devore, J.L. and Berk, K.N. 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:

  • Laboratories (completed during each lab): 20%
  • Midterm Exam (Wednesday, June 20, 2018, during lecture time, location to be announced): 30%
  • Final Exam (2.5 hours, exact date, time and location to be announced): 50%

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 ST259 and is provided for the convenience of students.