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TILTP1 Introduction to Statistics 7 ECTS

General description

A compulsory basic studies course for major subject students.

Learning outcomes

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The course introduces the use of descriptive statistics and the basics of statistical testing. It familiarises students with the different stages of statistical research, the starting point being in the acquisition of data and its presentation in data matrix form. The course introduces some means to illustrate information contained in the data. In addition, the course will familiarise students with the study of relations between variables by means of conditional statistics, scatter plots and crosstabulation. Also an introduction to probability and statistical inference is included in the course. Students will practise doing statistical research with some collected data.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 22 h 0 h
Tutorials 16 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Written exam and an assignment which must be completed before the exam.


Numeric 1-5.

Recommended year of study

1. year 1. period.

Study materials

  1. Agresti, A., Finlay, B., Statistical methods for the social sciences. Prentice Hall 2009.
  2. Clarke, G.M., Cooke, D., A basic course in statistics, 5th ed. Arnold 2005.
  3. Grönroos, M., Johdatus tilastotieteeseen - Kuvailu, mallit ja päättely. Finn Lectura 2004.
  4. Heikkilä, T., Tilastollinen tutkimus, 4. painos. Edita 2002.
  5. Helenius, H., Tilastollisten menetelmien perustiedot. Statcon Oy 1995.
  6. Karjalainen, L., Tilastomatematiikka, 8. painos. Pii-kirjat 2004.
  7. Leppälä, R., Ohjeita tilastollisen tutkimuksen toteuttamiseksi SPSS for Windows -ohjelmiston avulla. Tampereen yliopisto, MTF laitos, B53 2004.
  8. Liski, E., Puntanen, S., Tilastotieteen peruskurssi I. Tampereen yliopisto 1987.
  9. Mellin, I., Johdatus tilastotieteeseen, 1. kirja, tilastotieteen johdantokurssi. Helsingin yliopisto 1996.
  10. Moore, D., The basic practice of statistics, 5th ed. Freeman 2009.
  11. Weiss, N., Elementary statistics, 6th ed. Addison Wesley 2004.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Information Sciences
School of Management
School of Management
School of Management
Compulsory Minor Subjects (Financial Administr. and Public Sector Accounting)
School of Management
School of Management
Compulsory Common Studies (Accounting and Finance)
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