Department of Mathematics and Physics
§ I: MATH 6605 Biostatistics Syllabus
Catalog Description
A non-calculus-based course that includes basic concepts of probability and statistics. These concepts are
applied to problems in human biology, industrial/occupational health, and epidemiology. Introduction to and
use of the computer package R for data analysis. 3 credits.
Note: this course is designed for students majoring in biological and health sciences with limited mathematics
backgrounds. No prior statistics experience is required. Through the extensive use of practical examples this
course is expected to motivate and teach students statistics knowledge that would be helpful for their major
study. The course is cross-listed with BIOL 6605
Required Textbook
Biostatistics for the Biological and Health Sciences, Marc M. Triola and Mario F. Triola, Addison Wesley, 1e,
ISBN 9780321194367.
The computer program R is the standard statistical program for this course. Students will use R to com-
plete data analysis projects. R can be downloaded and installed on your personal computer for free following
instructions at
Course Objectives
This course covers fundamental concepts in probability and statistics, including data description, design of
experiment, probability rules and distributions, statistical inference and linear regression. Denitions will be
learned through real-world examples and applications. Besides these traditional materials, topics and meth-
ods that are particularly applicable to biological and health sciences will be introduced. As an introductory
level statistics course for biological and health sciences students, it does not emphasize mathematical rigor
underlying the theory, but focus on the applications of statistical ideas to realistic data and practices. Students
are expected to use materials learned from this course to guide statistical practice for their major studies in
the future.
Student Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course the expectation is that students will be able to:
1. To grasp concepts in probability and be able to apply basic probability rules, distributions, and laws to
solve conceptual statistics questions;
2. Use statistical guidelines and common sense to interpret the process of data collection, description and
analysis, and to design statistically sound experiments;
3. Learn various statistical inference techniques and be able to select appropriate methods for specic
data sets and scientic purpose;
4. Link the course materials with real-life examples, and explore the opportunities for other biological
applications; and,
5. Interpret statistical reports and carrying out data analysis using R.
Required Curriculum Content
Key topics covered include:
1. To facilitate the understanding of concepts and familiarize the use of computer program R, several data
projects will be assigned during the semester. Independent work is expected.
All sections of MATH 6605 Biostatistics will cover, as a minimum, the material from Biostatistics for the Biological
and Health Sciences, Marc M. Triola and Mario F. Triola, Addison Wesley, 1e, ISBN 9780321194367, as listed:
Chapter Textbook Topic
1-2 Introduction to statistics, data and R
3 Probability theory
4-5 Probability distributions
6 Sample estimates
7-8 Hypothesis testing
9-10 Correlation, Regression, multinomial experiments
11 Analysis of variance
12 Nonparametric statistics
13 Life table
Extra Data analysis using R, Part I
Extra Data analysis using R, Part II
Common Department Requirements for MATH 6605
While students in each section of MATH 6605 are assessed by the course instructor, there are general guide-
lines that apply to all sections of MATH 6605. These include:
Only Department approved calculators are allowed on exams; other electronic devices are not allowed
on any exams.
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Department, College and University Expectations and Policies
It is important that students familiarize themselves with a range of policies and guidelines that have been es-
tablished by the Department of Mathematics and Physics, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University
of New Haven. These are an integral part of the syllabus for this course.
Adding/Dropping a Class
The nal day to drop a course without it appearing on your transcript is Tuesday, December 4, as discussed
at During the second week of classes, further adjustment
requires the approval of the chair of the department oering the course, as described at http://catalog.
Attendance Regulations
University attendance policy guidelines require that:
All students are expected to attend regularly and promptly all their classes, appointments, and exercises. While
the university recognizes that some absences may occasionally be necessary, these should be held to a minimum.
A maximum of two weeks of absences will be permitted for illness and emergencies. The instructor has the right
to dismiss from class any student who has been absent more than the maximum allowed. After the last date to
drop as published in the academic calendar, a student will receive a failure (F), if failing at that point, or a W, if
passing at the time of dismissal.
Students are to adhere to the policy attendance policy guidelines outlined in the University Catalog under the
heading, Attendance Regulations, at
Status_and_Progress, or alternatively in the Student Handbook at
on pp. 4849,. i.e., at
Withdrawal Deadline
Students wishing to withdraw must submit a request for an ocial course withdrawal in writing using the
Course Withdrawal Form available online from The -
nal date to request a withdrawal is Tuesday, October 30 listed in
schedules-registration/academic-calendar-2017-2018.php. This request must be submitted to the Reg-
istrars Oce and signed by the International Oce if you are an international student. The grade of W will
be recorded, but the course will not aect the GPA.
Incomplete Grades
A grade of Incomplete (INC) is given only in special circumstances and indicates that the student has been
given permission by the instructor to complete required course work (with the same instructor) after the
end of the term. Students need to examine carefully the changed guidelines pertaining to INC grades,
To remove the INC grade, the student must complete all required course work in timely fashion as stipulated
by the instructor but no later than the end of the following term. Fall and intersession course incompletes must
be completed no later than the last day of the spring term. Spring and summer course incompletes must be
completed no later than the last day of the fall term.
If the course work is not submitted within the allotted time, the INC grade will be changed to an F shortly after
the deadline by the Oce of the University Registrar. Students will be notied via campus email at least two
weeks prior to the change of grade process.
The University policy on incomplete grades is available at
12&navoid=881#Academic_Status_and_Progress under the heading, Incomplete (INC) Grade Policy.
Please note that this withdrawal deadline represents a
significant policy change
. It is the responsibility of the student to assure that the required
paperwork and documentation is completed by the deadline.
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Academic Integrity Policy
This class fully adheres to the Academic Integrity Policy:
Academic integrity is a core university value that ensures respect for the academic reputation of the University,
its students, faculty and sta, and the degrees it confers. The University expects that students will conduct
themselves in an honest and ethical manner and respect the intellectual work of others. Please be familiar with
the UNH policy on Academic Integrity. Please ask about my expectations regarding permissible or encouraged
forms of student collaboration if they are unclear.
Students are required to adhere to the Academic Integrity Policies specied in the Student Handbook on
pp. 6673 of, i.e., at
Coursework Expectations
This course will require signicant in-class and out-of-class commitment from each student. The University
estimates that a student should expect to spend two hours outside of class for each hour they are in a
class. For example, a three credit course would average six [6] hours of additional work outside of class.
Coursework expectations are detailed at
881#General_Policies under the heading Course Work Expectations.
Please note, that MATH 6605 is a 3-credit course, and as such requires a total of 9 hours per week invested
in study and homework for the average student.
Commitment to Positive Learning Environment
The University of New Haven wants to foster and support a civil, respectful, and open-minded climate so that
all of us can live and work in an environment free of harassment, bias-motivated behaviors, unfair treatment,
and fear. To this end, the university expects all members of our community to refrain from actions or behav-
iors that intimidate, humiliate, or demean persons or groups or that undermine their security or self-esteem
based on traits related to race, ethnicity, country of origin, religion, gender identity/expression, sexual orienta-
tion, age, or physical or mental ability, including learning and/or developmental disabilities and past/present
history of mental disorder or other category protected by state or federal law. If you have witnessed or are
the target of a bias-motivated incident, please contact the Oce of the Dean of Students at 203-932-7432 or
Campus Police at 203-932-7014 or ll out the form at
The University adheres to the philosophy that all community members should enjoy an environment free
of any form of harassment, sexual misconduct, discrimination, or intimate partner violence. If you have been
the victim of sexual misconduct we encourage you to report this. If you report this to a faculty/sta member,
they must notify our colleges Title IX coordinator about the basic facts of the incident (you may choose to
request condentiality from the University). If you encounter sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual
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Religious Observance Policy for Students
The University of New Haven respects the right of its students to observe religious holidays that may neces-
sitate their absence from class or from other required university-sponsored activities. Students who wish
to observe such holidays should not be penalized for their absence, although in academic courses they are
responsible for making up missed work. More information about religious observance policies can be found
in the Student Handbook on p.48 at
More information about religious observance policies can be found in the Student Handbook, and there is
also a separate handbook for International students at
Please note that study guidelines are important, i.e., there is substantial evidence that shows that the pass rates for students in math courses decrease
dramatically as the time spent on outside study falls below 2 hours of homework per credit per week.
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University Support Services
The University recognizes students often can use some help outside of class and oers academic assistance
through several oces. In addition to discussing any academemic issues you may have with your instructor,
advisor, or with the the coures or department coordinator or chair, the University provides these additional
resources for students:
The Academic Success Center, located in Maxcy 208 for help with your academic studies, or
call 203.932.7234 to set up an appointment.
The Center for Learning Resources (CLR) located in Peterson Library, provides academic content support
to the students of the University of New Haven using metacognitive strategies that help students become
aware of and learn to apply optimal learning processes in the pursuit of creating independent learners CLR
tutors focus sessions on discussions of concepts and processes and typically use external examples to help
students grasp and apply the material.
Writer to Writer is a peer-tutoring program inspired by the belief that all writers
struggle and can benet from talking through their ideas. Tutors are undergraduate students trained to work
with you at any stage in the writing process.
Accessibility Resources Center Students with dis-
abilities are encouraged to share, in condence, information about needed specic course accommodations.
The Accessibility Resources Center (ARC) provides comprehensive services and support that serve to promote
educational equity and ensure that students are able to participate in the opportunities available at the Uni-
versity of New Haven. Accommodations cannot be made without written documentation from the ARC. The
ARC is located on the ground oor in the rear of Sheeld Hall. Sheeld Hall is located in the Residential Quad
area, and can be contacted at 203-932-7332. The ADA/Section 504 Compliance Ocer is Rebecca Johnson,, and can be reached by phone at 203-932-7238. Information on the ARC can be
found at
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