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ST231A, B: Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences (Winter 2019)

Calendar Description

This course covers all basic statistical concepts, and includes relevant examples for life and health science students. The course introduces descriptive and inferential statistics; basic probability theory; discrete and continuous random variables with focus on binomial and normal random variables; statistical inference for population means and population proportions, both for one and two populations, with focus on confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses. Furthermore, simple and multiple linear regression methods are covered as well as one-way and two-way ANOVA. Problems are analyzed with the aid of appropriate software.


One of MA101, MA103, MA110*.


EC205, EC255, EC285, MA141, MA240, MA241, PS296, ST230, ST260.


Professor David Soave (PhD)
Office: LH3071 (Lazaridis Hall)
Office Hours: Monday 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., or by appointment.
E: dsoave@wlu.ca
T: x2547


Section A: Tuesday and Thursday 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m. in LH1011 (Lazaridis Hall)
Section B: Tuesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m. in LH3094 (Lazaridis Hall)

Teaching Assistant

Sean Hellingman
Office Hours and Location: To be announced.
E: hell5140@mylaurier.ca

Lab Coordinator

Andrew Kabbes
Office: LH3046 (Lazaridis Hall)
E: akabbes@wlu.ca
T: x4519


Baldi, B. and Moore, D.S. The Practice of Statistics in the Life Sciences. 4th Edition, WH Freeman and Company.


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 ST231 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: 25%
  • Midterm Exam (Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 from 4 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.): 25%
  • Final Exam (Comprehensive; exact date, time and location to be announced): 40%

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 ST231 and is provided for the convenience of students.