STAT/MATH 415, Section 003

Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

Course Syllabus, Fall 2015


General description of the course: An introduction to mathematical statistics.

Textbook: Probability and Statistical Inference, eighth edition, by Hogg and Tanis.

Required Work:
1. Sixteen (16) weekly homework assignments.
2. Two (2) mid-term examinations: September 21, and November 2.
3. A comprehensive final examination, to be held during the week of December 14-18.
4. Full attendance at classes.
5. Regular reading of the New York Times and the Centre Daily Times.

Homework: Weekly assignments will be collected at the beginning of class on Wednesdays.
Late assignments will not be graded, regardless of reason, but only your highest 13
homework scores will count toward your final grade.

Mid-term Examinations: Two closed-book, mid-term exams will be given.
   Exam 1 will cover Chapter 6 of the textbook and will be given in class on September 21.
   Exam 2 will cover Chapters 7 and 8 of the textbook and will be given in class on November 2.
The mid-term exams are likely to reflect the homework assignments closely.

Final Examination: The final exam is mandatory, closed-book, and comprehensive. The
exam will be held during the week of December 14-18.
The final exam also is likely to reflect the homework assignments closely.

For each mid-term and final exam, you must bring your PSU student-ID card. You may also
bring, if you wish, a calculator and one 8.5×11 inch one-sided page of handwritten notes.

Grading policy: Overall scores will be calculated using the following scheme:

Assignments and Exams Weight    Date
Homework Assignments 25% Weekly (due in class on Wednesdays)
Mid-term Exam 1 20% September 21
Mid-term Exam 2 20% November 2
Final Exam 35% December 17







Final Grades: Final grades will be determined as follows:
A    : 94-100%,     A- : 90-93%
B+ : 88-89%,       B  : 84-87%,    B- : 80-83%,
C+ : 78-79%,       C  : 70-77%
D   : 60-69%
F   :   0-59%

Course Rules:
1. No "make-up" exams will be given for ANY reason. If you miss an exam, you should provide a
valid reason to the instructor. If the instructor AND the TA both approve your excuse then your
missed exam score will be replaced automatically by your score on the next class exam.
2. No late or make-up homework assignments will be accepted, for ANY reason. (Remember
that only your highest 12 homework scores will count toward your final grade.)
3. Early exams might be allowed, with prior arrangement, for students with direct conflicts due
to other required university programs (chess team, field trip, Blue Band trip, etc.), and the
director of that program must provide a letter requesting that you be excused from the exam.
4. Students are responsible for all announcements and supplements given within any lecture.
5. Academic Integrity and Mutual Respect: All Penn State University, College of Science, and
Department of Statistics policies regarding ethics, honorable behavior, and mutual respect
apply in this course. These can be found at:

The College of Science's Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation embodies the values that we
hope our faculty, staff, and students possess and will endorse to make the College of Science a
place where every individual feels respected and valued, as well as challenged and rewarded.
6. If you need to leave class early, please sit in the rear and leave as quietly as possible.
7. Please turn off all electronic devices (cell-phones, etc.) BEFORE you enter the classroom.

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