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STAT 06 — An Introduction to Statistics

Quarter: Summer
Day(s): Mondays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 7 weeks
Date(s): Jul 12—Aug 23
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Jul 14
Unit: 1
Grade Restriction: No letter grade
Tuition: $405
Instructor(s): Win Reis
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Jul 12—Aug 23
7 weeks
Refund Date
Jul 14
1 Unit
Grade Restriction
No letter grade
Win Reis
Registration opens May 17, 8:30 am (PT)
DOWNLOAD THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Statistics are used everywhere in our professional and personal lives: research, government, business, sports, and media, to name just a few sectors. Why? Because statistics fundamentally allow us to better understand data and draw more intelligent conclusions from information.

This course will help students with no prior knowledge of statistics to make sense of the data that they encounter. The course is designed for students who are proficient in basic math, including algebra, but would like to build a stronger foundation in statistics and its applications. It will take a practical approach to statistics, focusing on examples rather than theory. For example, coin-flipping, card games, and rolling dice will be used to teach probability. Instruction will be a mix of lecture to introduce concepts, small-group problem-solving, and a walk through real-world examples including polls and surveys, manufacturing processes, on-time performance, vehicle recalls, and aerospace.

Through these examples, students will also develop a critical eye to help them identify when statistics are being used inappropriately. Sampling and probability, descriptive statistics, discrete and continuous random variables—with a focus on the normal distribution, the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation, and regression—are the specific topics the course will cover.

Students should have a basic understanding of algebra and of Microsoft Excel or other spreadsheet tools like Google Sheets.

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Win Reis received an MBA from Northwestern and a BS with honors in applied mathematics and statistics from Stanford. His professional experience includes consulting, financial planning and analysis, business planning, and business development at HP, NetApp, Vocera, and Conversica, among others.

Textbooks for this course:

(Required) Illowsk, Dean, Holmes, et al., Introductory Business Statistics, 1st Edition (ISBN 9781947172463)