STAT 505 - Environmental Statistics

Fall 2013

Syllabus and other useful information

Useful Information

Course Outline:

Weeks  Dates            Topic

 1-5   Aug 26 - Sep 27    Analysis of data with below detection limit values 
 6-8   Sep 30 - Oct 18    Estimating toxicity, bioassay
 9-11  Oct 21 - Nov 8    Trend assessment
12-13  Nov 11 - Nov 22    Assessing compliance to standard,
                          demonstrating equality,
                          validating models
			 Nov 25 - Nov 29		Fall break                          
14-15  Dec 2  - Dec 13    Catch up / To be determined by class interest

Possible topics for the last two weeks:


Readings: Assigned readings will provide background, additional details, or another presentation of the lecture material. Citations will be distributed in lecture. Jeanette in the Statistics Main Office, 1121 Snedecor, will have a master copy that you can borrow if the material is not on the web. It will help if you read the assigned material soon after the appropriate lectures.

Homework: Statistics is best learnt by doing. The homework problems are chosen to give you practice in using the methods, interpreting the results, and understanding the theory. The intent is to understand and be able to apply lecture concepts. Discussion with friends and classmates is encouraged. However, you must write up your own solutions. Copying papers is not a good way to learn and will not be tolerated.

More details on the homework policy and guidelines are on the Homework Guidelines page.

Academic Dishonesty:
The class will follow Iowa State University’s policy on academic dishonesty. Anyone suspected of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean of Students Office.

To clarify how this applies to your work in this class:
On homework assignments: I encourage you to help each other interpret the homework problems, write code, debug code, and interpret the output. You may share code, but I encourage you to understand that code even if you didn't write it. I do require you to write your answers in your own words.

Disability Accommodation:
Iowa State University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Sect 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  If you have a disability and anticipate needing accommodations in this course, please contact Dr. Dixon to set up a meeting within the first two weeks of the semester or as soon as you become aware of your need.  Before meeting with Dr. Dixon, you will need to obtain a SAAR form with recommendations for accommodations from the Disability Resources Office, located in Room 1076 on the main floor of the Student Services Building. Their telephone number is 515-294-7220 or email .  Retroactive requests for accommodations will not be honored.

Dead Week:
This class follows the Iowa State University Dead Week policy as noted in section 10.6.4 of the Faculty Handbook .

Harassment and Discrimination:
Iowa State University strives to maintain our campus as a place of work and study for faculty, staff, and students that is free of all forms of prohibited discrimination and harassment based upon race, ethnicity, sex (including sexual assault), pregnancy, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a U.S. veteran. Any student who has concerns about such behavior should contact his/her instructor, Student Assistance at 515-294-1020 or email, or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance at 515-294-7612.

Religious Accommodation:
If an academic or work requirement conflicts with your religious practices and/or observances, you may request reasonable accommodations. Your request must be in writing, and your instructor or supervisor will review the request.  You or your instructor may also seek assistance from the Dean of Students Office or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Compliance.

Contact Information:
If you are experiencing, or have experienced, a problem with any of the above issues, email