2023-2024 / STAT0807-1

Descriptive statistics


10h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biology2 crédits 
 Bachelor in geography : general2 crédits 
 Bachelor in geology2 crédits 


Arnout Van Messem

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

In this course, the basic concepts of statistics are presented. Most of them have already been introduced in secondary school but this course will place more focus on the interpretation and the good use of the techniques. 

More precisely, the course will consist of the following chapters: 

  • Basic concepts: types of variables, percentages and rates
  • Data presentation and visualization (through tables and graphs)
  • Data summary (through statistical parameters of location, scale and shape)
  • Bivariate analysis (contingency table, correlation, linear regression)




Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student should be able to present and summarize data in a clear and correct way. Moreover, he/she should be able to interpret "basic" statistical information (for example, as diffused in the media) with a critical mind.





Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There is no prerequisite in statistics.

However, even though the mathematical justifications are kept to a minimum, a good use of statistics is only possible with some mathematical background (equation of straight lines, areas of circular sectors, development of (a+b)^2, ...). Most of these concepts will be revised during the mathematics course MATH0509 in the same semester.





Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • Ex-cathedra exposition of the theory.
  • Personal resolution of exercises, with the support of assistants and student-monitors.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The theory classes and practical sessions will be organised face-to-face. Any information concerning the schedule, classrooms and groups will be communicated via eCampus and Celcat.




Recommended or required readings

The lecture notes, the slides, and the exercices will be made available through eCampus. 





Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Additional information:

The evaluation takes the form of a written exam with theory (definitions, formulas, ...) and exercise questions.



Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Professeur: Arnout Van Messem

Assistant: Safia Bennabi, Arman Molla, Lucas Michel






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