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Basic Statistics 7.5 credits

Grundläggande statistik
First cycle, S0009M
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2022 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Subject group (SCB)

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Course Aim
After the course the student should be able to
  • identify probability distributions calculate probabilities in the situations studied in the course;
  • use statistical methods to analyze populations (i.e., statistical inference) through point estimation, interval estimation and hypothesis testing.
  • Describe and analyze relations between two or more variables by using, e.g.,  by using and linear regression (simple and multiple);
  • determine whether the methods dealt with in the course can be used in a given situation;
  • Use software, both statistical and general, to process, analyze and present data.

The course has the following contents:
  • Descriptive statistics : Graphical and numerical methods for summarizing data.
  • Probability theory: basiic methods and concepts used to describe random phenomena, e.g. indepence, conditional probability and commonly used probability distributions.
  • Statistical inference: methods for making inference about properties of statistical models or populations, including comparative situations, through point estimation, interval estimation and hypothesis testing.
  • Regression analysis: correlation, simple linear regression, multiple linear regression

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course is based on the following learning activities.
  • Lectures.
  • Meetings where the students engage in problem solving, often in groups, under the supervision of an instructor.
  • Online quizzes
  • Written homework

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
Written exam at the end of the course.

Beside the written exam, completion of the following parts are also required to pass the course.
- Completion of compulsory assignments
- Completion of online quizes

Adam Jonsson

Transition terms
The course S0009M is equal to S0005M

Literature. Valid from Spring 2022 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
The Practice of Statistics for Business and Economics, av Alwan, Craig, McCabe; Macmillan international, ed 5, ISBN: 978-1-319-32481-0

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Written examU G VG4.50MandatoryA21
0004Compulsory assignmentsU G VG1.50MandatoryA21
0005Online quizesU G VG1.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by HUL Niklas Letho 14 Feb 2020

Last revised
by Niklas Lehto Head Faculty Programme Director 04 Nov 2021