Course Code STAT 230
Course Title Probability
Online Offers
  • Winter 2022 (tentative) (Instructor: TBA)
  • Fall 2021 (tentative) (Instructors: Don McLeish, Florian Puchhammer, Greg Rice)
Course Location Online
Credit Weight 0.5
Course Description

This course provides an introduction to probability models including sample spaces, mutually exclusive and independent events, conditional probability and Bayes' Theorem. The named distributions (Discrete Uniform, Hypergeometric, Binomial, Negative Binomial, Geometric, Poisson, Continuous Uniform, Exponential, Normal (Gaussian), and Multinomial) are used to model real phenomena. Discrete and continuous univariate random variables and their distributions are discussed. Joint probability functions, marginal probability functions, and conditional probability functions of two or more discrete random variables and functions of random variables are also discussed. Students learn how to calculate and interpret means, variances and covariances particularly for the named distributions. The Central Limit Theorem is used to approximate probabilities. [Note: Many upper-year Statistics courses require a grade of at least 60% in STAT 230. Offered: F,W,S]

Typical terms may not reflect online offerings.

Course Work and Exam Spring 2021 course outline (note 2)
Author(s) Don McLeish
  • Prerequisite: ((One of MATH 116, 117, 137, 147) with a minimum grade of 80%) or (MATH 128 with a minimum grade of 60%) or (one of MATH 118, 119, 138, 148); Honours Math or Math/Phys students only.
  • Antirequisite: STAT 220, 240
  • Software: Some course components are not supported in Microsoft Edge.
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  • A computer with Internet access is required for all online and multimodal courses. Please see the System Requirements.
Taught in English
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