These syllabus are the updated syllabus and taken from the tribhuwan university Nepal. The syllabus maynot be same to other universities.
Tribhuvan University Institute of Science & Technology
Four Year B. Sc. (Scientific Communication) Curriculum
Course Title : Scientific Communication
Course No.: SC 101
Nature of the Course: Theory
Year: I year
Full Marks: 50
Pass Marks: 20
- At the end of the course the students must
- - understand and be able to apply the kind of vocabulary that is prevalent in the field of science and technology.
1. Introduction to Statistics
1. Introduction to Statistics
Meaning of Statistics as a Science; Importance of Statistics; Scope of Statistics in the field of physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Medical Sciences, Industry, Economics Sciences, Social Sciences, Management Sciences, Information Technology, Agriculture, Insurance, Education and Psychology.
2. Population and Sample
Types of Characteristics; Scales of measurement; qualitative, quantitative, discrete and continuous variables, entities; Types of Data: (i) primary data, secondary data and their sources (ii) crosssectional data, time series data, failure time data, panel data; Notion of a statistical population: finite population, infinite population, homogeneous population and heterogeneous population; Notion of sample, random sample and non-random sample; methods of sampling (description only): simple random sampling with replacement (SRSWR) and without replacement (SRSWOR).
3. Presentation of Data
Organization of Data: Data mining, editing, coding and data management; assessing the quality of the data; Classification and Tabulation : Raw data and its classification, Discrete frequency distribution, construction of class interval (Sturge‟s rule), continuous frequency distribution, inclusive and exclusive methods of classification, open end classes, cumulative frequency distribution and relative frequency distribution; tabulation, construction of bivariate frequency distribution. Diagrammatic Presentation of Data: Simple bar diagram, multiple bar diagram, sub-divided bar diagram, pie-chart (review). Graphical Presentation of Data: Histogram, frequency curve, frequency polygon, ogive curves stem and leaf chart, range chart; Check sheet, Pareto diagram Problems and illustrative examples
4. Measures of Central Tendency and Dispersion
Concept of measures of central tendency; mathematical properties of arithmetic mean, weighted
arithmetic mean, trimmed mean, formula for computation of mode and median (with derivation)
graphical method, harmonic mean, weighted harmonic mean geometric mean, weighted geometric
mean, order relation between arithmetic mean, geometric mean, harmonic mean (proof for n = 2),
problems focusing on theoretical aspects, empirical relationship between mean , median and mode,
choice of appropriate average
Concept of measures of dispersion, different methods of measuring dispersion, absolute and relative measures of dispersion, minimality property of mean deviation, minimality property of mean square deviation(with proof), variance and standard deviation, mathematical properties of standard deviation, effect of change of origin and scale in standard deviation, combined variance(derivation for 2 independent groups), generalizations for n groups, coefficient of variation(C.V.), theoretical problems of measures of dispersion; empirical relationships, five number summary; box plot, normal probability plot; Lorenz curve, Ginni coefficient Problems and illustrative examples
5. Moments, Skewness and Kurtosis
Raw moments ( '
r m ) for grouped and ungrouped data; moments about an arbitrary constant for
grouped and ungrouped data ( ) r m a ; Central moments ( r m ) for grouped and ungrouped data; Effect
of change of origin and scale; Relations between central moments and raw moments (up to 4th order).
Concept of skewness of frequency distribution; positive skewness, negative skewness, symmetric frequency distribution, Bowley‟s coefficient of skewness : Computation of coefficient of skewness using Bowleys formula and its interpretation, interpretation using Box plot; Karl Pearson's coefficient of skewness; Measures of skewness based on moments , Concepts of kurtosis; leptokurtic, mesokurtic and platykurtic frequency distributions; measures of kurtosis using partition values; Measures of kurtosis based on moments Problems and illustrative examples
6. Introduction to Correlation
Bivariate data, bivariate frequency distribution, correlation between two variables, positive correlation, negative correlation, scatter diagram to explore the type of correlation, covariance between two variables: Definition, computation, effect of change of origin and scale; Karl Pearson‟s coefficient of correlation (r): Definition, computation for grouped and ungrouped data and interpretation, assumptions for Karl Pearsons correlation coefficient, theoretical problems Properties (with proof): (ii) Effect of change of origin and scale Spearmans rank correlation including tied cases
7. Regression Analysis
Concept of regression, lines of regression, fitting of lines of regression by the least squares method,
interpretation of slope and intercept, concept of linearity
Regression coefficient (byx, bxy): (iv) Effect of change of origin and scale, (v) Angle between the two lines of regression Mean residual sum of squares, Residual plot and its interpretation for assessing the goodness of fit of the regression line, explained and unexplained variation, coefficient of determination; concept of multiple regression
8. Introduction to Probability
Review of set operations; Concepts in probability: deterministic and random experiments; Definitions of terms: trial and event, outcome, sample space, equally likely, mutually exclusive, exhaustive and favorable cases, sure and impossible events, independent and dependent events; Definitions of probability: mathematical (classical), statistical (relative frequency) and subjective with their merits and demerits; Combinatorial analysis and combinatorial probability examples, algebra of events and probability; Properties of probability and basic theorems: Additive and multiplicative theorems, Booles inequality; Axiomatic definition of probability, geometrical probability and Bertrands paradox; Conditional probability, pair-wise and mutual independence, Bayes theorem, prior and posterior probabilities, sensitivity, specificity, predictive value positive and predictive value negative of a diagnostic test Problems and illustrative examples
9. Random Variables
Concept of a random variable, types of random variables: Discrete and continuous random variables; Probability distribution of a random variable: probability mass function and probability density function, distribution function and its properties; Functions of random variables, examples of linear and nonlinear transformations. Problems and illustrative examples
10. Theory of Mathematical Expectation
Mathematical expectation of a random variable (discrete and continuous) and its function, properties of mathematical expectation of random variables, addition and multiplicative theorems of expectation, covariance and correlation, conditional expectation, conditional variance, variance of a linear combination of random variables; Moments of random variables: Raw and central moments, uses of moments, obtaining measures of location (averages), dispersion, skewness and kurtosis of a given probability distribution; Generating functions: Moment generating function, probability generating function, cumulant generating function and characteristic function with their properties. Problems and illustrative examples
11. Probability Distributions
Discrete distributions: Bernoulli trial, binomial and Poisson distributions, their mass functions, distribution functions, moment generating functions, characteristic functions, moments, properties, distribution fittings; Continuous distributions: Rectangular and normal distributions: their probability density functions, distribution functions, moment generating and characteristic functions, properties and uses, normal distribution as an approximation of binomial and Poisson distributions, standard normal distribution, distribution fittings. Problems and illustrative examples