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Math 660: Introduction to statistical Computing with SAS and R
Fall 2018 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: This course will study SAS and R programming and emphasize the SAS and R data steps including getting data into the SAS and R environments, working and combining data using control flows, merge and subsets, etc. as well as learning to export data and to generate high resolution graphics. Several SAS and R statistical procedures or functions will also be discussed and illustrated. Finally, interactive statistical software JMP and Minitab are briefly introduced.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in statistical concepts or instructor approval.

Course-Section and Instructors

Course-Section Instructor
Math 660-101 Professor Y. Fang

Office Hours for All Math Instructors: Fall 2018 Office Hours and Emails

Recommended Textbooks:

Title The R book The Little SAS Book: A Primer
Author M.J. Crawley Delwiche & Slaughter
Edition 2nd 5th
Publisher Prentice Hall SAS Institute Inc.
ISBN # 978­0470973929 978-1612903439

University-wide Withdrawal Date:The last day to withdraw with a w is Monday, November 12, 2018. It will be strictly enforced.


DMS Course Policies: All DMS students must familiarize themselves with, and adhere to, the Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Policies, in addition to official university-wide policies. DMS takes these policies very seriously and enforces them strictly.

Grading Policy: The final grade in this course will be determined as follows:

Assignments 30%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%

Your final letter grade will be based on the following tentative curve.

A 90 - 100 C+ 70 - 79
B+ 85 - 89 C 60 - 70
B 80 - 84 F 0 - 59

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.

Exams: There will be one midterm exam (in-class part plus take-home part) during the semester and one comprehensive final exam (in-class part plus take-home part). Exams are held on the following days:

Midterm Exam October 18, 2018
Final Exam Period December 15 - 21, 2018

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 973-596-5417 or via email at 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 2018 Academic Calendar, Registrar)

Date Day Event
September 4, 2018 T First Day of Classes
September 10, 2018 M Last Day to Add/Drop Classes
November 12, 2018 M Last Day to Withdraw
November 20, 2018 T Thursday Classes Meet
November 21, 2018 W Friday Classes Meet
November 22 - 25, 2018 R - Su Thanksgiving Recess
December 12, 2018 W Last Day of Classes
December 13 & 14, 2018 R & F Reading Days
December 15 - 21, 2018 Sa - F Final Exam Period

Course Outline

Week Date Lecture Topic Notes
1  Sep 06 1  Introduction to SAS and R 
2  Sep 13 2   SAS tutorials I
3  Sep 20 3   SAS tutorials II
4  Sep 27 4   SAS tutorials III
5  Oct 04 5   R tutorials I
6  Oct 11 6   R tutorials II
7  Oct 18*     Midterm exam   In-class part
8  Oct 25 7   Programing
9  Nov 01 8   Graphics
10  Nov 08 9   Exploratory data analysis
11  Nov 15 10   Simple tests
12  Nov 20* 11   Regression analysis  Th classes meet on T
13  Nov 30 12   Machine learning
14  Dec 06     Final exam review
15  Dec 13*   Reading day  Final begins Dec 15

Updated by Professor Y. Fang - 8/31/2018
Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Syllabus, Fall 2018