Syllabus for Statistics for Engineers

Statistik för ingenjörer

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1MS008
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Mathematics G1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-18
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2010-04-26
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2010
  • Entry requirements:

    Calculus 2 alt Calculus for Engineers, Algebra and Vector Geometry

  • Responsible department: Department of Mathematics

Learning outcomes

In order to pass the course (grade 3) the student should be able to

  • use a number of methods and techniques for visualisation of data sets;

  • compute probabilities in simple cases;

  • give an account of the concept stochastic variable and be able to use some common probability distributions;

  • understand the meaning of the central limit theorem;

  • use point and interval estimates for some typical statistical problems;

  • apply elementary regression for fitting measured data;

  • give an account of some typical engineering applications of probability and statistics, e.g. reliability and quality control.
  • Content

    Descriptive statistics: measures of location and variation, frequency tables, bar diagrams, histograms, other diagrams and tools for visualisation. Introductory combinatorics and probability theory. Probability distributions: binomial, Poisson, normal, exponential. Central limit theorem. Point and interval estimation. The method of regression. Engineering applications, selected examples.


    Lectures, lessons and problem solving sessions.


    Written examination at the end of the course. Moreover, compulsory assignments may be given during the course in accordance with instructions at course start.

    Other directives

    The course may very well be taught together with the course Study Technique for Engineers.

    Reading list

    Reading list

    Applies from: Autumn 2010

    Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

    Last modified: 2022-04-26