MAT-15303 Statistics 1


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised12
Course coordinator(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer
Lecturer(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer
prof. dr. ir. J Grasman
AM Wubs
drs. CA Langeveld
ir. TG Doeswijk
AJ Dammers
dr. JA Hageman
dr. E Neven
dr. G Gort
dr. EJ Bakker
NGWM van Strijp-Lockefeer
drs. LCP Keizer
WJ Buist
dr. ir. E Heuvelink
Examiner(s)drs. H Engel
dr. ir. EPJ Boer

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:



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 normal random sample as an estimator of a population mean; basic notion of consistency.

Learning outcomes:

After this course, the student is expected to be able to:
- demonstrate a practical notion of probability;
- perform simple probability calculus;
- calculate probabilities for the binomical and normal distributions;
- reproduce the principles of hypothesis testing;
- perform a binomial test;
- demonstrate understanding of the consistency of an estimator.


Tutorials, including making exercises, and (compulsory) computer practicals, analyzing data. Attend presentations that are motivated by practical problems from the Life Sciences. Prepare and hand in a brief report on a case study.


Multiple-choice exam. The practical has to result in a pass.


Statistical Methods and Data Analysis by R. Lyman Ott and Michael Longnecker (ISBN 0495109142; 6th edition). A Study Guide provides an introduction to tutorials and practicals, and recommended exercises and background reading from the book (WUR Shop)

Compulsory for: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBSc6MO
BINInternational Development StudiesBSc5AF
BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc2AF
BVGNutrition and HealthBSc5AF
BCLCommunication and Life SciencesBSc5AF
BGMHealth and SocietyBSc6MO
BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc1MO
Restricted Optional for: BBIBiologyBSc1AF
BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc5MO
BBNForest and Nature ConservationBSc2AF
BASAnimal SciencesBSc2MO
BLPLandscape Architecture and PlanningBSc2AF
BFTFood TechnologyBSc1AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc1MO
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc1AF
BPWPlant SciencesBSc2AF
BATBiosystems EngineeringBSc1AF