Stat 550 syllabus
Course Description Sampling environmental populations, parametric and
nonparametric estimation; applications of lognormal distribution; locating hot spots;
censored data; outlier detection; trend analysis, seasonality; estimation of animal
abundance (time permitting).
Prerequisites ST 540 or permission of instructor.
Textbook Statistical Methods for Environmental Pollution Monitoring, by Richard
Gilbert, Wiley Publications. ISBN 0-471-28878-0
Activities of man introduced contaminants of many kinds into the environment: air
pollutants from industry, exhaust emissions from vehicles, radionuclides from nuclear
discharge, and pesticides, sewage, detergents, and other chemicals that enter lakes,
rivers, surface water and ground water. Many monitoring and research studies are
conducted to quantify the amount of pollutants, determine trends, and identify potential
problems. The purpose of this course is to equip the student with appropriate statistical
techniques that can be used to determine how pollutants distribute and persist in air,
water, soil and biota and to assess the effects of pollutants on man and the
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|Chapter 4||1.5 week|
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|Chapter 6||0.5 week|
|Chapter 7||0.5 week|
|Chapter 8||1.0 week|
|Chapter 9||0.5 week|
|Chapter 10||1.0 week|
|Chapter 11||1.0 week|
|Chapter 12||1.0 week|
|Chapter 13||1.0 week|
|Chapter 14||1.0 week|
Note Time allotments are approximate and do not include exams.
Use of Technology This course uses statistical software such as Minitab and SPS for data analysis.
Last Updated February 18, 2014