STAT 800 - Introduction to Applied Statistics

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course overview

Users of statistics -- researchers, government agencies like the Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, companies like the automakers and drug industry, etc. -- make extensive use of the computer in applying statistical methods to their problems. So will you! You will have plenty of practice in analyzing data from a variety of areas and should be well prepared for problem-solving involving statistics in the rest of your college courses, as well as gaining an understanding of the role of statistics in your daily life.

course topics

Statistics is the art and science of using sample data to make generalizations about populations. The topics covered in this course include:

  • methods for collecting and summarizing data
  • methods for evaluating the accuracy of sample estimates
  • techniques for making statistical inferences

Here is a link to the Online Notes for STAT 800.




Agresti and Franklin. (2013). Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning From Data, 3rd Edition, Prentice Hall. ISBN-9780321755940



Either Minitab 14 Student Version, Minitab 15 or Minitab 16.  Mac users may use SPSS. See the Statistical Software page for more details about these applications. Students wishing to use SAS, R, JUMP, etc. will not have support available through the course.

assessment plan

  • Attendance and Participation (20%)
  • On-going Assessments (30%) - approx. 6
  • Qualitative Article Critique (20%) - 1
  • Final Assessment (30% ) 

PLEASE NOTE: This course may require you to take exams using certain proctoring software that uses your computer's webcam or other technology to monitor and/or record your activity during exams. The proctoring software may be listening to you, monitoring your computer screen, and viewing you and your surroundings. By enrolling in this course, you consent to the use of the proctoring software selected by your instructor, including but not limited to any audio and/or visual monitoring which may be recorded. (Read more...)

academic integrity

All Penn State policies regarding ethics and honorable behavior apply to this course. Academic integrity is the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception and is an educational objective of this institution. All University policies regarding academic integrity apply to this course. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, cheating, plagiarizing, fabricating of information or citations, facilitating acts of academic dishonesty by others, having unauthorized possession of examinations, submitting work of another person or work previously used without informing the instructor, or tampering with the academic work of other students.

For any material or ideas obtained from other sources, such as the text or things you see on the web, in the library, etc., a source reference must be given. Direct quotes from any source must be identified as such.

All exam answers must be your own, and you must not provide any assistance to other students during exams. Any instances of academic dishonesty WILL be pursued under the University and Eberly College of Science regulations concerning academic integrity. For more information on academic integrity, see Penn State's statement on plagiarism and academic dishonesty.

The Eberly College of Science Code of Mutual Respect and Cooperation embodies the values that we hope our faculty, staff, and students possess and will endorse to make The Eberly College of Science a place where every individual feels respected and valued, as well as challenged and rewarded.


Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University's educational programs. If you have a disability-related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814-863-1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office for Disability Services Web site at

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at If the documentation supports the need for academic adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academic adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.

course author

Dr. Andrew Wiesner is the primary author of these course materials and has taught online courses for many semesters. Dr. Linda Strauss has made significant contributions to this course as well.

Course contact / Page editor: Dr. Andrew Wiesner