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Business 291

Business and Economics Applications of Statistics

Credits: 4

Length of Course: 14 weeks

Classroom Hours per Week: 5

Prerequisites: 15 credit hours and English 099

Corequisite: Mathematics 111

Text: Modern Business Statistics with Microsoft Excel 4th edition

Course Description:

This course provides an introduction to statistics. Students will become familiar with spreadsheet software. Topics include descriptive statistcs, probability theory, random variables and their probability distributions, inference, estimation, hypothesis testing, and simple and multiple regressions.

Course Outline:

The main topics are:

  • Descriptive statistics;
  • Introduction to probability;
  • Statistical inference;
  • Regression analysis.

Course Schedule:

Week Topic
Week 1 Descriptive statistics: one variable
Week 2 Descriptive statistics: two variables
Week 3 Sampling designs
Week 4 Introduction to probability
Week 5 Sampling distributions
Week 6 Introduction to inference
Week 7 Inference for means
Week 8 Inference for proportions
Week 9 Inference for two-way tables
Week 10 Inference for regression
Week 11 Multiple regression
Week 12 One way analysis of variance
Week 13 Two ways analysis of variance


Assignments and Reports 20%
Mid-term exam 40%
Final exam 40%


Stéphane Deseau, M.Econ. (Maine, France), M.Sc. (Quebec)
Cheryl Fu, B.A. (Beijing), M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. candidate
Paul Geddes, B.A. (Claremont), M.A. (Carleton)
Fatin Jallad, B.A., B.Sc. ( Portland), M.Sc. ( New Mexico), M.Sc. (Arizona)
Susana Leung, B.B.A., M.A. (Simon Fraser)

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