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Brian Verbaken Descriptive List of Upper Division Classes

Layout of classes and descriptions:

DEPT Course # (Grade) - Instructor, Title; School

- Text used
- Subject matter covered

Classes Taken

STAT 301 (B) – Dr. Chance, Statistics I; Cal Poly

- Investigating Statistical Concepts, Applications, and Methods (ISCAM), Chance and
Rossman (2006), Duxbury, 1st edition
- Summarizing categorical and quantitative data, Fisher’s exact test, statistical
significance, sampling distributions, one and two sample tests for means and

STAT 302 (A) – Dr. Shaffner, Statistics II; Cal Poly

- Statistics for Engineers and Scientists; Navidi, W; McGraw Hill Publishing; 2nd
- Confidence, significance, power, chi-squared, one-way and two-way ANOVA,
simple linear regression, logistic regression, multiple regression, model selection,
forecasting using time series, quality control methods

STAT 323 (A) – Dr. Smidt, Design and Analysis of Experiments I; Cal Poly
- An Introduction to Statisticsal Methods and Data Analysis; Montgomery, Douglas;
Wiley (2008); 7th edition
- Single factor models, fixed effects models, model checking, pair-wise comparisons
of fixed effects models, post-hoc comparisons of means (Duncan’s, Newman-Keuls,
Dunnetts), contrasts and Scheffe’s method, randomized complete block design, Latin
squares and Graeco Latin squares, ANOCOVA, one-way and two-way factorial
design, random effects models, mixed effects models

STAT 324 (B+) – Dr. Chance, Applied Regression Analysis; Cal Poly
- Introduction to Linear Regression Analysis; Montgomery, Peck, and Vining; Wiley
(2006); 4th edition
- Basic regression models, confidence intervals, prediction intervals, model checking,
lack of fit tests, transformations, multiple regression models, multicollinearity,
polynomial regression models, indicator variables, interactions, model selection
techniques, Durbin-Watson test, logistic regression

STAT 325 (A) – Dr. Carlton, Introduction to Probability Models; Cal Poly
- Concepts in Probability and Stochastic Modeling; James J. Higgins and Sallie-
Keller-McNulty; Duxbury (1994)
- Set theory and combinatorics in application to probability; conditional probability;
Bayes’ Theorem; calculating mean and variance of random variables with discrete
distributions (binomial, hypergeometric, Poisson) or continuous distributions
(normal, exponential); Markov chains; Poisson processes; reliability models

STAT 330 (A) – Dr. Lund, Statistical Computing I: SAS; Cal Poly
- The Little SAS Book, A Primer; Delwiche and Slaughter; SAS Institute (2003); 3rd
- Reading in and editing data, pointer controls, if/then statements, date and time
functions, retain and lag statement, outputting SAS datasets to external files, proc
format, basic summary statistics, ANOVA and general linear models, creating
professional graphs and plots, arrays, macros, macro variables, call symput

STAT 418 (A-) – Dr. Dio, Analysis of Cross-Classified Data; Cal Poly
- An Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis; Agresti, Alan; Wiley (2007); 2nd
- Binomial distribution, maximum likelihood estimation, likelihood ratio test, Wald
and Score confidence intervals, relative risk and odds ratio, type I and type II errors,
simple logistic regression, parsimony, model checking and selection, logistic
regression for nominal and ordinal responses, testing independence between
variables in a model

STAT 419 (A-) – Dr. Sklar, Applied Multivariate Statistics; Cal Poly
- Methods of Multivariate Analysis; Rencher, Alvin; Wiley (2002); 2nd edition
- Assessing non-multivariate normality; one-sample, two-sample and paired two-
sample Hotelling’s T2; k-sample profile analysis; one-way and two-way MANOVA;
tests of multivariate contrasts; tests for sphericity, compound symmetry and other
covariance structures; discriminant analysis; classification analysis; canonical
correlation; principal component analysis; cluster analysis

STAT 421 (B+) – Dr. Smith, Survey Sampling and Methodology; Cal Poly
- Elementary Survey Sampling, Scheaffer, Duxbury Press (2006), 6th edition
- Planning a survey, modes of data collection, question and questionnaire design,
survey error, sampling error, non-sampling error, sources of error in sample surveys,
baseweights, non-response adjusted weights, basic sampling methods, parameter
estimation using different sampling methods, sample size determination and power,
two-stage cluster sampling, ratio and regression estimation, capture/recapture,
acceptance sampling, randomized response, imputation, variance estimation

STAT 440 (B) – SAS Certification Preparation; Cal Poly

- SAS Certification Prep Guide: Base Programming for SAS 9; SAS Publishing; SAS
Institute (2006)
- Reinforcement of concepts learned in STAT 330 plus: understanding of how SAS
complies and executes code, how SAS reads in data step-by-step, the program data
vector and how it is used to read in data, multidimensional arrays, reading in
hierarchical data, output delivery system
Classes In-Progress

STAT 425 (In progress) – Dr. Ignatova, Probability Theory; Cal Poly
- Probability and Statistics; DeGroot, Morris H. and Schervish, Mark J.; Addison
Wesley (2002); 3rd edition
- Set theory, combinatorial methods, conditional probability, Markov chains, the
distribution function, marginal distributions, conditional distributions, multivariate
distributions, functions of random variables, expectation and variance of a random
variable, moments, the moment generating function, covariance and correlation

STAT 430 (In progress) – Dr. Frame, Statistical Computing II: S-Plus; Cal Poly
- No text used
- Reading in data and data structures in R; data structures; basic operations and
summaries; subsetting and querying data; creating histograms, boxplots and plots;
creating Google Earth KML files from temporal data; random numbers and
probability distributions; regression, ANOVA and the general linear model functions
in R; regression, moving average, kernel and cubic splines smoothing methods;
generalized linear and additive models for binary data; classification trees; likelihood
based classification

Classes to be Taken

NOTE: For each of the following classes the description that is provided is the
description given in the Cal Poly catalog of classes

STAT 417 () – Dr. Sklar, Survival Analysis Methods; Cal Poly

- Text unknown
- Parametric and nonparametric methods for analyzing survival data. Topics include
Kaplan-Meier and Nelson-Aalen estimates, Cox regression models, accelerated
failure time models.

STAT 426 () – Dr. Carlton, Estimation and Sampling Theory; Cal Poly
- Text unknown
- Continuation of STAT 425. Properties of statistics obtained from samples. Sample
mean properties, convergence in probability, law of large numbers, and central limit
theorem. Selected probability distributions. Theory of estimation. Sampling
distribution of estimators.

STAT 427 () – Dr. Carlton, Mathematical Statistics; Cal Poly

- Text unknown
- Continuation of STAT 426. The theory of hypothesis testing and its applications.
Power and uniformly most powerful tests. Categorical data and nonparametric
methods. Other selected topics.

STAT 461,462 () – Dr. Chance, Senior Project I, II; Cal Poly

- No text used
- Selection and completion of a project under faculty supervision. Projects typical of
problems which graduates must solve in their fields of employment. Project results
are presented in a formal report. Minimum 90 hours total time.

STAT 465 () – Dr. Smith, Statistical Communications and Consulting; Cal Poly
- Text unknown
- Blending of the theoretical and practical aspects of statistical consulting.
Development of tools necessary to conduct effective consulting sessions, present oral
arguments and written reports, work collaboratively to solve problems, and utilize
professional publications in statistics

MATH 437 () – Professor unknown, Game Theory; Cal Poly

- Text unknown
- Development of the mathematical concepts, techniques, and models used to
investigate optimal strategies in competitive situations; games in extensive, normal,
and characteristic form, Nash equilibrium points and Nash Bargaining Model.