Course syllabus


EXTA60, 7,5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED I
Date of Decision: 2020-04-03

General Information

Compulsory for: BI2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is to give a basic knowledge of statistical concepts in technology, science and economics and to give training in the use of computers for statistical calculations and in the evaluation of the quality of statistical investigations.


The course will give the student knowledge in how to describe random variation and understanding of the principles behind statistical analysis. It will also give the student a tool-box with the most common models and methods and the ability to use these in different practical situations.

The aim is both to give a general knowledge in statistics and to give a foundation for further studies.

The general knowledge is required for those who in their professional activities perhaps will not need to perform statistical analyses regularly, but who will have to interpret results from various investigations, present results and perform simple statistical analyses.

The course will also give a foundation for further studies, foremost by defining and using the basic concepts within probability theory, risk-analysis, decision theory, statistical modelling etc.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• be able to relate questions on random variation and observed data, to both applied and theoretical concepts: variables/random variables, distributions and association between variables

• be able to explain the concepts: independence, probability, conditional probability, distribution, expected value, variance, covariance and correlation,

• be able to calculate the probability of an event and expected value and variance in a theoretical distribution,

• be able to explain a statistical decision model and concepts as decision, uncertainty and values,

• be able to describe basic techniques for statistical inference and be able to use them in simple statistical models.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


The course presents the theoretical and practical foundations for statistical analysis of data. Concepts as event, probability (risk), independence and expected value are defined. Further, different discrete and continuous probability models are studied, e.g. binomial, poisson and normal models. The foundations of descriptive statistics: Principles of tabulation and graphs, measures of location, variation and association, standardization, and index-theory. The meaning of concepts as statistical precision and statistical significance are discussed. The course will also give an introduction to Monte Carlo simulation.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Written exam and laboratory work.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0117. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Approved written examination
Code: 0217. Name: Laboratory Work.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved laboratory tasks. Contents: The compulsory laboratory work (two introductory sessions and three laboratory sessions) must be completed to qualify for a passing grade.


Assumed prior knowledge: FMAA05 Calculus in One Variable
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: TNX071

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Per-Erik Isberg,
Course coordinator: Lars Wahlgren ,
Course homepage:
Further information: Contact course coordinator for questions regarding re-exams.