Math 659: Survival Analysis
Fall 2017 Graduate Course Syllabus
NJIT Academic Integrity Code: All Students should be aware that the Department of Mathematical Sciences takes the University Code on Academic Integrity at NJIT very seriously and enforces it strictly. This means that there must not be any forms of plagiarism, i.e., copying of homework, class projects, or lab assignments, or any form of cheating in quizzes and exams. Under the University Code on Academic Integrity, students are obligated to report any such activities to the Instructor.
Course Information
Course Description: Introduction to statistical methods for modeling timetoevent data in the presence of censoring and truncation, with emphasis on applications to the health sciences. Topics include survival and hazard functions, censoring and truncation, parametric and nonparametric models for survival data, competingrisks, regression models including Cox proportional hazards model and timedependent covariates, one and two sample tests, and use of appropriate statistical software for computations.
Number of Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MATH 665 or equivalent with Departmental approval.
CourseSection and Instructors
CourseSection 
Instructor 
Math 659101 
Professor W. Guo 
Office Hours for All Math Instructors: Fall 2017 Office Hours and Emails
Required Textbooks:
Title 
Survival Analysis: Techniques for Censored and Truncated Data 
Author 
John P. Klein and Melvin L. Moeschberger 
Edition 
2nd 
Publisher 
Springer 
ISBN # 
9780387953991 
Reference Books

Survival Analysis: A SelfLearning Text, by David G. Kleinbaum and Michael Kline, 2nd edition (2005)
 Applied Survival Analysis Using R, by Dirk F. Moore (2016)
 The Statistical Analysis of Failure Time Data, by John D. Kalbfleisch and Ross L. Prentice, 2nd edition (2002).
Universitywide Withdrawal Date:The last day to withdraw with a w is Monday, November 6, 2017. It will be strictly enforced.
Course Goals
Course Objectives: The course will acquaint students with various statistical techniques for analyzing censored survival or timetoevent data.
Course Outcomes
 On successful completion, a student will be able to demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the following:
 Various failure time distributions
 Likelihood construction for censored survival data
 Survival curves and their estimation from randomly censored data
 Exponential regression models
 The Cox regression model and the accelerated failure time model
 Statistical analysis such as estimation and hypothesis testing in the presence of censored data
 Application of the various survival analysis techniques
Course Assessment: Will be based on regular homework, one midterm exam and one final exam.
Policies
DMS Course Policies: All DMS students must familiarize themselves with, and adhere to, the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official universitywide policies. DMS takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.
Grading Policy: The final grade in this course will be determined as follows:
Homework 
25% 
Project 
20% 
Midterm Exam 
25% 
Final Exam 
30% 
Your final letter grade will be based on the following tentative curve.
A 
90  100 
C+ 
75  80 
B+ 
85  90 
C 
70  75 
B 
80  85 
F 
0  70 
Attendance Policy: Attendance at all classes will be recorded and is mandatory. Please make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department’s Attendance Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Homework Policy: Homework assignments are due in a week from the day they are assigned unless announced otherwise by instructor. Late homework will not be accepted.
Exams: One inclass midterm examination and one final examination will be given as shown below.
Midterm Exam 
October 24, 2017 
Final Exam Period 
December 15  21, 2017 
The final exam will test your knowledge of all the course material taught in the entire course. Make sure you read and fully understand the Math Department's Examination Policy. This policy will be strictly enforced.
Makeup Exam Policy: To properly report your absence from a midterm or final exam, please review and follow the required steps under the DMS Examination Policy found here:
Cellular Phones: All cellular phones and other electronic devices must be switched off during all class times.
Additional Resources
Accommodation of Disabilities: Disability Support Services (DSS) offers long term and temporary accommodations for undergraduate, graduate and visiting students at NJIT.
If you are in need of accommodations due to a disability please contact Chantonette Lyles, Associate Director of Disability Support Services at 9735965417 or via email at lyles@njit.edu. The office is located in Fenster Hall, Room 260. A Letter of Accommodation Eligibility from the Disability Support Services office authorizing your accommodations will be required.
For further information regarding self identification, the submission of medical documentation and additional support services provided please visit the Disability Support Services (DSS) website at:
Important Dates (See: Fall 2017 Academic Calendar, Registrar)
Date 
Day 
Event 
September 5, 2017 
T 
First Day of Classes 
September 11, 2017 
M 
Last Day to Add/Drop Classes 
November 6, 2017 
M 
Last Day to Withdraw 
November 21, 2017 
T 
Thursday Classes Meet 
November 22, 2017 
W 
Friday Classes Meet 
November 23  26, 2017 
R  Su 
Thanksgiving Break  University Closed 
December 13, 2017 
W 
Last Day of Classes 
December 14, 2017 
R 
Reading Day 
December 15  21, 2017 
F  R 
Final Exam Period 