MAT-15303 Statistics 1


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer
Lecturer(s)MSc RM Hu
J van den Boom
dr. ing. M Knotters
dr. EJH Korendijk
AE van den Berg
drs. LCP Keizer
dr. ir. EPJ Boer
drs. H Engel
dr ir NA Hartemink
ir. SLGE Burgers
dr. LMW Akkermans
dr. SK Schnabel
dr DJ Brus
G Mooiweer
EJM Millet
B Arouisse
dr. CGF de Kovel
dr. WT Kruijer
KA Mildau
dr. ir. J van Heerwaarden
NJ Vendrig
MP van Leeuwen
MV Afonso PhD
BJB Stout
NGWM van Strijp-Lockefeer
dr. J Engel
dr. P Behrouzi PhD
Examiner(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer

Language of instruction:

Dutch / English for International Bachelors studies

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; the binomial test and test for a population mean; 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 successful completion of this course students are 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;
- apply a test for the population mean of a normal distribution (with known standard deviation);
- 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. 7th edition, ISBN-13: 978-1-305-26947-7 (6th edition may also be used).
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 StudiesBSc1MO
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 TechnologyBSc2AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc1AF
BPWPlant SciencesBSc1AF
BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc1AF