STAT 514: Experimental Design (Syllabus)

Fall 2017


Qifan Song
MATH 208


Dominique Williams

Times and Location

Day Time Location
Lecture TuTh 1:30-2:45pmREC 114

Office Hours

Day Time Location
Instructor Monday 8:00am-9:00amMATH 208

Software Help Session

TypeDay TimeLocation
SASW 6:30 -- 8:30pm BRNG B286


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    STAT 511 or equivalent introductory course that covers probability distributions, sampling distributions, mean, variance, confidence interval, hypothesis testing, Z-test, t-test, two-sample paired t-test, two sample independent t-test, one-way ANOVA and simple regression.

    Course Objectives and Prerequisites

    To be able to plan an experiment in such a way that the statistical analysis results in valid and objective conclusions. To learn a variety of experimental designs and be able to choose an appropriate design for a specific experiment. To be able to perform the proper statistical analysis and draw valid statistical conclusions from a specific experiment. Topics includes:




    This class will be based on using SAS 8 (and 9) to perform data analysis. The intent of using software is to allow the computer to perform routine calculations and graphing, while we focus on choosing the appropriate analysis tools and interpreting the results. Computer software is NOT a substitute for understanding the statistical methods, and you will not have access to a computer during exams. SAS is available in the Purdue computing labs. You may also obtain a copy of SAS for your own PC for class purposes free of charge by showing your student ID at ITaP offce (STEW G31). Or you may choose to use Purdue Software Remote.

    you can go to the Software Consultant in MATH G-175 (information) except during breaks or the Wednesday evening SAS help session: Wed 6:30 to 8:30 PM in BRNG B286 except during school holidays.


    Course Grade

    Course Evaluation

    During the last two weeks of the semester, you will be provided with an opportunity to evaluate this course and your instructor(s).

    Emergency Prepareness

    Excused Absences

    Class Attendance

    Class attendance is an important part of your success in the class. The syllabus, homework assignments, exam dates, etc. may be changed by in-class announcements. If you are absent, please check with a classmate regarding the lecture material and announcements.

    Statement on Disabilities

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation for their disabilities.

    If you are a student registered with the Disability Resource Center and you are in need of academic accommodations, please see me during my office hours listed on the syllabus as soon as possible.

    If you have an Accommodation Letter from the Disability Resource Center, we need to meet during my office hours to discuss your needs.

    Statement on Plagiarism

    The handouts used in this course are copyrighted. By "handouts," I mean all materials generated for this class, which include but are not limited to syllabi, quizzes, exams, lab problems, in-class materials, review sheets, and additional problem sets. Because these materials are copyrighted, you do not have the right to copy the handouts, unless I expressly grant permission. As commonly defined, plagiarism consists of passing off as one's own ideas, words, writing, etc., which belong to another. In accordance with this definition, you are committing plagiarism if you copy the work of another person and turn it in as your own, even if you should have the permission of that person. Plagiarism is one of the worst academic sins, for the plagiarist destroys the trust among colleagues without which research cannot be safely communicated.

    Academic Integrity Statement:

    Purdue prohibits "dishonesty in connection with any University activity. Cheating, plagiarism, r knowingly furnishing false information to the University are examples of dishonesty." [Part 5, Section III-B-2-a, University Regulations] Furthermore, the University Senate has stipulated that "the commitment of acts of cheating, lying, and deceit in any of their diverse forms (such as the use of substitutes for taking examinations, the use of illegal cribs, plagiarism, and copying during examinations) is dishonest and must not be tolerated. Moreover, knowingly to aid and abet, directly or indirectly, other parties in committing dishonest acts is in itself dishonest." [University Senate Document 72-18, December 15, 1972]