MAT-14303 Basic Statistics


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. EJH Korendijk
Lecturer(s)dr. C Dobre
dr. EJH Korendijk
ir. SLGE Burgers
EJM Millet
dr. SK Schnabel
dr. P Behrouzi PhD
Examiner(s)dr. EJH Korendijk

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

MAT-20306 Advanced Statistics; MAT-24306 Advanced Statistics for Nutritionist; MAT-22306; Quantitative Research Methodology and Statistics.


- data collection, descriptive statistics, introduction probability theory;
- estimation, testing hypotheses, constructing confidence intervals;
- application to standard situations: one sample, two samples, one sample with paired observations, simple linear regression and correlation;
- using statistical software, in particular SPSS;
- 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:
- comprehend the basic ideas of statistical inference and data collection;
- determine the appropriate statistical procedure, given the description of the experiment, the research question and the type of data;
- carry out the needed analyses for the discussed standard situations and interpret the results in terms of the problem;
- perform a hypothesis test for intercept or slope and check model assumptions of linear model;
- perform independently data analysis techniques with the computer package SPSS.


The course consists of:
- class-work;
- studying a handbook;
- (mandatory) practical work using SPSS.


- written exam;
- the computer practicals have to result in a pass;
- CAS: yes;
- successful partial interim examinations remain valid for a period of 2 years.


R. Lyman Ott; Longnecker, M. T. (2010). An Introduction to Statistical Methods and Data Analysis. International edition ( 6th ed.) 1296 p.
Lecture Notes Basic Statistics. (available: WUR-shop).

Compulsory for: BEBEconomics and GovernanceBSc1MO
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScB: Nutritional Physiology and Health Status1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScA: Epidemiology and Public Health1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScC: Molecular Nutrition and Toxicology1MO
MNHNutrition and HealthMScF: Food Digestion and Health1MO
MIDInternational Development StudiesMSc1MO
MCHCommunication, Health and Life SciencesMScB: Health and Society1MO