STA 3173, Fall 2010

Introduction to Biostatistics


Dr. Hongwei Long, office: SE 268, phone: 297-0810, e-mail: 

Course homepage:


Time and Place:

TR 8:00-9:20am in PS 109.


Office Hours:

TR 2:00-4:30pm in SE 268.

Other times by appointment or just stop by the office.



Introductory Biological Statistics, 2nd Edition, by Raymond E. Hampton and John E. Havel, ISBN: 978-1-57766-380-5, Waveland Press, 2006.


Course Description:

This is an introductory course in Biostatistics. It will mainly cover the following topics: the probabilistic foundations of statistics and inference; presenting data and statistical tests, and reading graphs; sampling and experimental design; hypothesis testing and statistical analysis of biological data; a variety of statistical tests, including one- and two-sample tests, regression and ANOVA techniques, goodness of fit, and non-parametric methods; use of a general statistical software package (Minitab). These topics will provide a foundation for identifying and conducting the appropriate statistical techniques in advanced research settings.


Course Objectives:

The students will be able to understand and master the basic statistical concepts and techniques that are necessary to conduct research in biology.


Prerequisites:  MAC 2233 (Minimum Grade C).



 Stat. Software:

Minitab will be introduced and used in this course. There is no prerequisite required on Minitab. Students can use Minitab installed in most of the computer labs (e.g. SE 271) at FAU or rent Minitab from . Please find an introduction to Minitab in Meet Minitab




Midterm I

Thursday, September 30, 8:00-9:20am in class. Closed book exam.

Midterm II

Thursday, November 2, 8:00-9:20am in class. Closed book exam.


Tuesday, December 7, 7:45-10:15am, location: PS 109. Closed book exam.




There will be six biweekly homework assignments, but only the best five of them will count for the final grade. Assignments should be handed in on the due dates (9/9, 9/23, 10/12, 10/26, 11/16, 11/30). Late assignments will not be accepted.



Grading will be based on the following weighting:

30% Assignments

20% Midterm I

20% Midterm II

30% Final exam 

There will be no make-up midterms. If a student has an acceptable excuse for missing the midterms, the weight of the midterms will be shifted to the final. Make-up final exam will be given only under exceptional circumstance, and written, verifiable excuses must be provided



Grading Scale:

0-59%: F, 60-66%: D, 67-72%: C, 73-76%: C+, 77-79%: B-, 80-85%: B, 86-87%: B+, 88-89%: A-, 90-100%: A.



Honor Code:

Students at Florida Atlantic University are expected to maintain the highest ethical standards. Academic dishonesty, including cheating and plagiarism, is considered a serious breach of these ethical standards, because it interferes with the University mission to provide a high quality education in which no student enjoys an unfair advantage over any other. Academic dishonesty is also destructive of the University community, which is grounded in a system of mutual trust and places high values on personal integrity and individual responsibility. Harsh penalties are associated with academic dishonesty. For more information, see



Students with Disabilities:

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students who require special accommodations due to a disability to properly execute coursework must register with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD) located in Boca Raton-SU 133 (561-297-3880), in Davie-MOD I (954-236-1222), in Jupiter- SR 117 (561-799-8585), or at the Treasure Coast- CO 128 (772-873-3305), and follow all OSD procedures.





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Homework Assignments

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Last modified: November 1, 2010