MAT-15303 Statistics 1


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer
Lecturer(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer
dr. EJH Korendijk
dr. WT Kruijer
dr. SK Schnabel
dr. LMW Akkermans
drs. LCP Keizer
dr. ing. M Knotters
dr. ing. A Pielaat
NGWM van Strijp-Lockefeer
R Scheifes
dr. C Dobre
dr. ing. MPH Verouden
dr. N van der Hoeven
O Hammelburg
dr DJ Brus
P Haccou
Examiner(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

MAT-15403 Statistics 2.


Data collection; descriptive statistics; practical notion of probability; basic probability theory; derivation of the binomial distribution; normal distribution; principles of hypothesis testing for the binomial test; normal approximation (z-test); properties of the mean of a random sample as an estimator of a population mean; basic notion of consistency.
Ethical issues, as touching upon good statistical practice, will be discussed in class.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, the student is expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a practical notion of the basic ideas of data collection and of descriptive statistics;
- apply simple probability calculus;
- calculate probabilities for the binomial and normal distributions;
- reproduce the principles of hypothesis testing;
- apply a binomial test and the approximation of this test (z-test);
- demonstrate understanding of the consistency of an estimator.


Tutorial's that are motivated by practical problems from the Life Sciences, including making exercises, and (compulsory) computer practicals, analysing data.
Prepare and hand in a brief report on a case study.


- open book examination consisting of multiple choice questions;
- the computer practical (attendance compulsory) has to result in a pass;
- CAS: yes;
Successful partial interim examinations remain valid for a period of 2 years.


R. Lyman Ott; Michael Longnecker. (2013). An introduction to statistical methods and data analysis. 6th ed. ISBN-13: 978-0-495-10914-3.
Lecture notes provide an introduction to tutorials, exercises, reading guide for the book and the computer practical. (available: WUR-shop).

Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBSc6MO
BINInternational Development StudiesBSc5AF
BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc2AF
BVGNutrition and HealthBSc1MO
BCLCommunication and Life SciencesBSc5AF
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc5AF
Restricted Optional for: BBIBiologyBSc1AF
BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc1AF
BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc2MO
BASAnimal SciencesBSc2AF
BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc2MO
BFTFood TechnologyBSc1MO
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc1AF
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc1AF
BPWPlant SciencesBSc1AF
BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc1MO