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Math 663: Introduction to Biostatistics
Spring 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: Introduction to statistical techniques with emphasis on applications in health related sciences. This course will be accompanied by examples from biological, medical and clinical applications. Summarizing and displaying data; basic probability and inference; Bayes' theorem and its application in diagonostic testing; estimation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing for means and proportions; contingency tables; regression and analysis of variance; logistic regression and survival analysis; basic epidemiologic tools; use of statistical software. MATH 661 and MATH 663 cannot both be used toward degree credits at NJIT.

Number of Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Undergraduate Calculus.

Course-Section and Instructors

Course-Section Instructor
Math 663-102 Professor G. Kariuki

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

Required Textbooks:

Title Fundamentals of Biostatistics
Author Bernard Rosner
Edition 8th
Publisher Cengage
ISBN # 978-1305268920

University-wide Withdrawal Date:The last day to withdraw with a w is Monday, April 2, 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:

Homework and Quizzes 25%
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 45%

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

A 90 - 100 C 68 - 74
B+ 85 - 89 D 50 - 67
B 80 - 84 F 0 - 49
C+ 75 - 79

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 problems will be assigned in class.

Exams: There will be one midterm exam held in class during the semester and one comprehensive final exam. Exams are held on the following days:

Midterm Exam Week 8
Final Exam Period May 4 - 10, 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: Spring 2018 Academic Calendar, Registrar)

Date Day Event
January 16, 2018 T First Day of Classes
January 22, 2018 M Last Day to Add/Drop Classes
March 11 - 18, 2018 Su - Su Spring Recess - No Classes/ University Closed
March 30, 2018 F Good Friday - No Classes/ University Closed
April 2, 2018 M Last Day to Withdraw
May 1, 2018 T Friday Classes Meet - Last Day of Classes
May 2 - 3, 2018 W - R Reading Days
May 4 - 10, 2018 F - R Final Exam Period

Course Outline

Date Lecture Chapter Topic Assignment
WEEK 1 1 CH. 1-2 Introduction, Descriptive Statistics
WEEK 2 2 CH. 3 Probability
WEEK 3 3 CH. 4-5 Discrete Probability Distributions and Continuous Probability Distributions
WEEK 4 4 CH. 6 Estimation, Sampling Distribution Models and Confidence Intervals for Proportions
WEEK 5 5 CH. 7 Hypothesis Testing: One Sample Inference
WEEK 6 6 CH. 8 Hypothesis Testing: Two Sample Inference
WEEK 7 7 CH. 10 Categorical data, Chi-Square tests and Two-Sample Test for Binomial Proportions
WEEK 11 11 CH. 13 Logistic Regression
WEEK 12 12 CH. 14 Survival Analysis
WEEK 13 13 CH. 14 Survival Analysis
WEEK 14 14 CH. 9 Nonparametric Methods

Updated by Professor G. Kariuki - 1/18/2018
Department of Mathematical Sciences Course Syllabus, Spring 2018