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Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences
Center of Actuarial Excellence (CAE)

Introduction to Statistics

Statistical Science 1024A Section 650

Course Outline

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Instructor Information
InstructorSohail Khan
EmailOWL Email
Course Information
Course DescriptionStatistical inference, experimental design, sampling design, confidence intervals and hypothesis tests for means and proportions, regression and correlation.
Prerequisites Grade 12U Mathematics or Mathematics 0110A/B or 1229A/B, Grade 12U Mathematics or Mathematics 0110A/B or 1229A/B, or the former Mathematics 017A/B.
Antirequisites All other courses or half courses in Introductory Statistics, except Statistical Sciences 1023A/B and 2037A/B. All other courses or half courses in Introductory Statistics, except Statistical Sciences 1023A/B and 2037A/B. Note: You cannot take a listed anti-requisite course concurrently with Statistical Sciences 1024A/B. If you do, you will lose credit for that course. Refer to http://www.stats.uwo.ca/modules/undergraduate/index.php?id=11 for information on which courses offered on campus are considered as Introductory Statistics.
Pre, Co-requisites WarningUnless you have either the requisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enroll in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. You can be deregistered at any time even after writing the final exam. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites
Book Information
Text Book(s)

The Basic Practice of Statistics (7th ed.), David S. Moore, William I. Notz and Michael A. Fligner.  The bookstore offers three different versions of this textbook so you can choose a format based on your preference: a cloth/bound version (with Stats Portal), a loose leaf version (with Stats Portal), and an e-book version that comes with the purchase of the Stats Portal. Used versions of the textbook can also be used as long as they are the same edition. Note: The Stats portal is an optional tool that can be used as an extra resource. 

Course Objectives

Students taking this course will aquire a basic understanding of: (1) techniques used in exploring, organizing and describing data; (2) producing data through surveys and experiments; (3) random behavior/probability rules; and (4) statistical inference: including confidence interval construction and tests of hypotheses.

Instructor Office HoursOnline through OWL Forums/Messages. TA help hours will be added to OWL later. 

Assignments and/or Quizzes

There are no marked assignments. However, there are suggested exercises from the textbook. Refer to the schedule of topics, a summary of online activities and deadlines posted separately on OWL.  Suggested textbook exercises will be also posted on OWL.

Final Exam

The final exam will be a three-hour cumulative multiple choice examination covering all material in the course. It will be scheduled in December by the Registrar's office. Please do not book travel plans during the exam period (December 10-21).


Your final mark will be determined using the following marking scheme:



Course Structure Quiz


4 Online Quizzes

 24% (6% each)

4 Discussion Activities

 20% (5% each)

Self-Tests (one dropped)

  5% (0.5% each)

Final Exam




Course Structure Quiz: This short multiple choice quiz will be administered through the Tests & Quizzes tool in our OWL course website. It will cover details from this course outline and features of our OWL course website, and will be available from the first day of classes (Thursday, September 7) until 4:30 pm, on Monday, September 18. This is a graded quiz (e.g., if you answer 4 out of 5 questions correctly, you will earn 0.8% of the possible 1% for the quiz). No credit will be given for quizzes that are not submitted by the due date. No accommodation will be made after the deadline for any reason (e.g., technical problems); attempt the quiz early during the availability period so that any problems that arise can be dealt with before the deadline. If you encounter a technical difficulty, report the problem immediately through OWL messages (send to “Instructor Role” or Sohail Khan) and submit a problem report to Information Technology Services (ITS) through https://servlet.uwo.ca/helpdesk/index.jsp.

Online Quizzes: There will be four online multiple choice quizzes scheduled for

  • Online Quiz #1 – available 9am Thursday, September 28 to 4:30pm Friday, September 29.
  • Online Quiz #2 – available 9am Thursday, October 26 to 4:30pm Friday, October 27.
  • Online Quiz #3 – available 9am Thursday, November 16 to 4:30pm Friday, November 17.
  • Online Quiz #4 – available 9am Wednesday, December 6 to 4:30pm Thursday, December 7.

These quizzes will be administered through the Tests & Quizzes tool in our OWL course website. Each quiz will each consist of 10 multiple choice questions and will be cumulative in nature. You will have one hour to complete and submit your answers once you start each quiz (and 1 attempt) so be sure to set aside at least one hour to write each quiz during its availability period. Quiz grades and feedback will not be released until the availability period has ended. These are open book/notes quizzes, but they are to be completed independently. No working with anyone else (in or outside) this course is permitted. Such behaviour is considered a scholastic offence and will be reported as such. To avoid technical issues, have one OWL window open when writing the quiz (that means that having content open in one window and the quiz in another is not a good idea). Attempt the quiz early during the availability period so that any problems that arise can be dealt with before the deadline. If you encounter a technical difficulty, report the problem immediately through OWL messages (send to “Instructor Role” or Sohail Khan) AND submit a problem report to Information Technology Services (ITS) through https://servlet.uwo.ca/helpdesk/index.jsp. If you cannot log into OWL for some reason, email your instructor outside of OWL at skhan@stats.uwo.ca to notify him. ITS can also be reached in a variety of ways (see http://www.uwo.ca/its/helpdesk/index.html for more details) to report your problem and to seek assistance.

Discussion Activities: There will be four online discussion activities scheduled:

  • Discussion Activity #1 – open 9am Monday, September 11 to 4:30pm Friday, September 22. (Discussion #1 "Quiz" due 4:30pm, Monday, September 25).
  • Discussion Activity #2 – open 9am Monday, October 2 to 4:30pm Friday, October 20. (Discussion #2 "Quiz" due 4:30pm, Monday, October 23).
  • Discussion Activity #3 – open 9am Monday, October 30 to 4:30pm Friday, November 10. (Discussion #3 "Quiz" due 4:30pm, Monday, November 13).
  • Discussion Activity #4 – open 9am Monday, November 20 to 4:30pm Friday, December 1. (Discussion #4 "Quiz" due 4:30pm, Monday, December 4).

Your instructor and/or courseTA will visit the forums and may even join in at times to contribute or clarify issues being discussed. A short question-answer “quiz” will be available for you in OWL so you can reflect on your groups’ discussion and summarize your contributions to the Discussion Activity after the activity closes. You will have unlimited attempts and may revise/modify your responses during the availability period. NOTE: Your Discussion Activity grades will be based on your responses to the quiz questions that summarize your contributions to your group’s discussion. The Discussion Quizzes are what will be graded. That means that if you do not complete a Discussion Quiz for any reason, your grade will be recorded as 0% for the Activity, even if you posted on your group’s forum during the Discussion Activity. Keep in mind, too, that your response to the quiz questions must be consistent with your contributions to your group’s forum made during the Discussion Activity period. Your Instructor and/or course TA will be conducting checks to compare these quiz responses with your contributions to your group forum. More information along with a grading rubric will be posted on OWL before the first discussion activity.

Self-tests: There will be eleven self-tests. These short quizzes will be administered through the Tests & Quizzes tool of our OWL course website. Each module will have a self-test consisting of 5-10 questions. You may complete these as many times as you wish. These self-tests provide an opportunity for you to apply what you learned in the module and to obtain feedback on the areas that require review. You will receive credit for a self-test if you complete and submit all questions in a self-test before 4:30pm the Monday following the completion date of the module . Your answers do not have to be correct, but you do need to submit an answer for every question to get the credit. Note that one self-test is automatically dropped so you can miss one for any reason without penalty. 

Students should expect the quizzes and the Final Exam to include questions derived from content from the online course material, assigned textbook readings, and any supplementary material posted by your instructor to the course website. More details on coverage, format and evaluation will be posted on OWL prior to each assessment.

Note: There will be no make-ups for missed assessments (quizzes, discussion activities and self-tests). Those that do legitimately miss an assessment should provide the required supporting documentation to an academic counsellor in their Faculty’s Dean’s office that covers the entire period the assessment is available as soon as possible. If a recommendation for accommodation is received by the instructor from the academic counsellor, the weighting for your missed assessment will be shifted to the final exam for the purposes of determining your final grade. If a recommendation for accommodation is not received, a grade of 0% will be recorded for your missed assessment.

Course Website Information

This course will be delivered through our Learning Management System - OWL (Sakai). Our course website (direct link -https://owl.uwo.ca/portal/site/5505d649-027c-46bf-a649-9e3be94507d1) is our method of communication with students and for the delivery of course material. It is your responsibility to ensure that you can access these materials on your computer, use the relavant OWL tools, and to make sure you check the website frequently for annoucement and updates. If you encounter any technical difficulties contact the Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk as soon as possible to correct the issue. Information on their hours and how they can be reached can be found at: http://www.uwo.ca/its/helpdesk/index.html.


Computing and/or Calculator Requirement

Students should bring non-programmable calculators to the final exam.

Course Schedule - Topics and Activities

A table summarizing different activities and timelines is added separately on OWL.

Intellectual Property Statement

Course material (i.e. course content, interactive videos, quiz & practice questions, and other supplementary material posted on OWL) is the intellectual property of your instructor and course developers and is made available to you for your personal use in this course. Sharing, posting, selling or using this material outside your personal use in this course is considered an infringement of intellectual property rights.

Department Policy on Missed Course Requirements and Student Health and Wellness

If you are unable to meet a course requirement due to illness or other serious circumstances, you must provide valid medical or other supporting documentation to your Dean's office as soon as possible, and contact your instructor immediately. If accommodation is approved by your Dean's office, your instructor will be notified, then it is your responsibility to make alternative arrangements with your instructor. In the event of a missed final exam, a "Recommendation of Special Examination" form must be obtained from the Dean's Office immediately. For further information please see: http://www.stats.uwo.ca/accommodation_medical.pdf. A student requiring academic accommodation due to illness, should use the Student Medical Certificate when visiting an off-campus medical facility. The form can be found at: http://www.stats.uwo.ca/medicalform.pdf. Or, request a Record's Release Form (located in the Dean's Office) for visits to Student Health Services.

Missed Midterm or Test: The policy of the department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences is that there will be no make-up exams for a missed midterm. For those that do legitimately miss a midterm and provide the required supporting documentation, the standard practice will be that the weight of the midterm will be reassigned to the final exam. If your reason is not deemed valid, then you will receive a mark of 0.

Student Health and Wellness: As part of a successful student experience at Western, we encourage students to make their health and wellness a priority. Western provides several on campus health-related services to help you achieve optimum health and engage in healthy living while pursuing your degree. For example, to support physical activity, all students, as part of their registration, receive membership in Western’s Campus Recreation Centre. Numerous cultural events are offered throughout the year. Please check out the Faculty of Music web page http://www.music.uwo.ca/, and our own McIntosh Gallery http://www.mcintoshgallery.ca. Information regarding health- and wellness-related services available to students may be found at http://www.health.uwo.ca/.
Students seeking help regarding mental health concerns are advised to speak to someone they feel comfortable confiding in, such as their faculty supervisor, their program director (graduate chair), or other relevant administrators in their unit. Campus mental health resources may be found at http://www.health.uwo.ca/mental_health/resources.html.
To help you learn more about mental health, Western has developed an interactive mental health learning module, found here: http://www.health.uwo.ca/mental_health/module.html. This module is 30 minutes in length and provides participants with a basic understanding of mental health issues and of available campus and community resources. Topics include stress, anxiety, depression, suicide and eating disorders. After successful completion of the module, participants receive a certificate confirming their participation.

Accessibility: Please contact the course instructor if you require lecture or printed material in an alternate format or if any other arrangements can make this course more accessible to you. You may also wish to contact Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 661-2111 ext. 82147 if you have questions regarding accommodation.

Support Services: Learning-skills counsellors at the Student Development Centre (SDC) (http://www.sdc.uwo.ca) are ready to help you improve your learning skills. They offer presentations on strategies for improving time management, multiple-choice exam preparation/writing, textbook reading, and more. Individual support is offered throughout the Fall/Winter terms in the drop-in Learning Help Centre, and year-round through individual counselling.
Additional student-run support services are offered by the USC, http://westernusc.ca/services.
The website for Registrarial Services is http://www.registrar.uwo.ca.

Email Communication

You are welcome to communicate with your instructor by email though OWL messages (accessible through the Messages tool on the left hand side of the Sakai page), but email communication should only be used to provide him with information or to ask a question that requires a brief response. Emails should be sent to your instructor's UWO account only if it is urgent and you are not able to log into OWL. Questions about the course material or the general administration of the course should be posted to the appropriate OWL Forums. You can expect an answer to a question posted to Forums or an email sent through OWL messages within 48 hours during the work week.

Note that content-related questions posted to the OWL Forums or messages while the online quizzes are open will not be addressed until the quiz is closed.


Regular engagement with the online course materials is an important part of the learning process. Students are advised that excessive absenteeism from our OWL site may result in the student being disbarred from the final exam (see Western Academic Calendar).

Western Links

The Department has adopted a "Mutual Expectations" policy governing the classroom environment and all work submitted by students. The full text of the policy can be found at: http://www.stats.uwo.ca/mutual_expectations.pdf. Although these were developed with a lecture-based course in mind, the spirit of the expectations apply to this course as well. In summary, the policy was developed under the premise that all interactions between students and faculty should be governed by the principles of courtesy, respect and honesty.

Students are encouraged to ask questions on the appropriate Forums. Do not use course-related OWL Forums for social conversation unrelated to the course. Keep postings to the OWL Forums positive and productive - the OWL Forums are an important component of our learning environment. Inappropriate or disrespectful postings will not be tolerated.