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3622111 Basic statistics in English, 5 Cp 
Code 3622111  Validity 01.01.1950 -
Name Basic statistics in English  Abbreviation BCS 
Credits5 Cp  Date of expiry  
TypeMultidisciplinary Studies Subject0390 Statistics 
ClassStudy Unit  Hours  
Study right   Grading0-5 
Recommended scheduling 
Organisation Computer Science (J,K) 

Learning outcomes 

The student understands the basic ideas of statistical analysis and inference, and is able to use the most simple analysis methods. The students has the basic knowledge to learn more advanced methods of statistics and data science.                         


Basics of probability. Sampling distributions. Introduction to estimation and hypothesis testing. Inference on population mean and proportion. Analysis of two-way tables. Introduction to regression methods (Regression analysis, analysis of variance, logistic regression and mixed-effect models)

Modes of study 

Self-study based on the web-material (113 h), lectures (2 h), contact teaching (16 h), lecture exam (4 h). Alternatively, course can be passed by taking an exam based on the course material in a general examination

Teaching methods 

Student prepares for the weekly tutorials by (1) reading given material and watching videos at moodle, (2) doing a related weekly exam and (3) starting the weekly exercises. In tutorials there is also possibility to make some questions on weekly topics. The student (4) returns the weekly exercise report to moodle and, (5) after the submission deadline, reads the correct answers and self-evaluated his/her own report. Overall, the students need approximately 10 hours per week for the course, in addition to the 2 hour contact sessions.

Study materials 

Lecture notes and other material available in Moodle.

Textbook: Moore, McCabe and Craig (2012): Introduction to the practice of statistics, 7th edition. Selected parts of chapters 4-15.                                                       

Evaluation criteria 

Grade 0-5. The grade is based either (1) on a weighted mean of weekly exercises, weekly exams and written exam or (2) on the written exam only, so that the grade is the better one out of these two.


Basics of descriptive statistics and sampling. Students without these knowledge should read e.g. the first part of the textbook (Part 1 “Looking at data”, chapters 1-3).


Fall semester. Exams will be arranged throughout the year

Offering data 

Course is open to anyone. No restrictions in the number of participants. Useful also for PhD students who need statistical methods in their research.

Further information 

Teaching language: English


Letter (J, K) in front of the name of the course/exam indicates the campus on which teaching or exam takes place: J = Joensuu, K = Kuopio.

Present and future teaching
Functions Name Type Cp Teacher Timetable
  (KUOPIO): Basic statistics in English  Multi-modal teaching  Mika Hujo  07.09.21 -10.12.21
  (JOENSUU): Basic statistics in English  Multi-modal teaching  Mika Hujo  07.09.21 -10.12.21

Future exams
No exams