Introduction to Statistics

Course Material Spring 2012

Please note that the web page for MTH4106 in Spring 2013 is here.

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Basic Information

Lectures Monday 1000–1100, Arts Two lecture theatre
Thursday 1500–1600, Arts Two lecture theatre
Friday 1000–1100, Arts Two lecture theatre
Practicals on Tuesdays0900–1000, Groups 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11
(all in FB115a):1000–1100, Groups 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
1100–1200, Groups 1, 2, 3, 7, 10, 19, 20
Lecturer:Professor R. A. Bailey
Office hoursMonday 1130–1300
(room 317 in Maths):Friday 1500–1630

How to study MTH4106 Introduction to Statistics

Attend every lecture. Pay attention and write your own notes.

Monday1000–1100Arts Two Lecture Theatre
Thursday1500–1600Arts Two Lecture Theatre
Friday1000–1100Arts Two Lecture Theatre

If you have to miss a lecture, borrow notes from one of your friends and copy them out in your own handwriting. Photocopying them will not get the material into your brain.

3 hours per week

After each lecture, but before the next one, read through your notes and make sure that you understand them. If there is anything that you do not understand, look it up in relevant textbooks in the library, or ask a lecturer in his/her office hour. Rewrite your notes to include the extra explanation.

3 hours per week
Practicals Attend your allocated computer lab, and work through the Minitab practical worksheet. Some of this reinforces material that has been covered in lectures; some of it is new material that will not be mentioned in lectures.

During this hour, you also hand in your feedback question(s), and receive your previous assignment with comments on it.

The lab does not have room for everyone, so please come at your allocated time.

If you have to miss a practical, take a copy of the worksheet from the web and work through it in Minitab in your own time; otherwise, you will not be able to do the next practical.

1 hour per week

You will need to do some Minitab work in your own time, to finish off the worksheets and do any assignment questions that involves Minitab.

1 hour per week
Other assignment questions

Do all the practice questions. Then do the feedback question and hand it in. When you get it back, be sure to read all the comments and make sure that you understand what you did right and what you did wrong. If you still do not understand, ask one of the lab helpers, or ask a lecturer in his/her office hour.

2 hours per week

Apart from the course description, the data sheets and the learning tips, the items below are PDF files; you will need Acrobat Reader to browse or print them.

Course descriptions and course information

Useful information


If you did not collect your feedback from your tutor during your Minitab lab, please collect it from me during one of my office hours.

Minitab practicals

See the general advice on lab work.


These data are given in lectures. They are repeated here in case you make mistakes in copying them down. The description of the data, and the units of measurement, are given only in the lectures.

Summary notes
Test and examination material

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