ST2304 - Statistical Modelling for Biologists/Biotechnologists


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 4 hours

Course content

Practical use of the software package R. Multiple regression. Analysis of variance. Analysis
of categorical data. Generalised linear models. Basic principles for statistical inference. Simulation from a model. Properties of estimators. Statistical power. Numerical maximisation
of the likelihood function. Some asymptotic results. Model selection. Non-parametric tests.

Learning outcome

1. Knowledge. The student has an overview over the underlying assumptions and practical applications of multiple regression, analysis of variance, analysis of categorical data and
generalised linear models using the software package R. In addition, the student knows how
simulation methods can be used in finding properties of estimators, in hypothesis testing and
in computation of power. The student also has basic knowledge about numerical methods
for fitting non-standard models using maximum likelihood and how results from asymptotic
theory can be used in estimating uncertainty in parameter estimates and in hypothesis testing.
2. Skills. The student can handle and analyse collected datasets using the software package R. The student is also capable of formulating simple, non-standard statistical models,
implementing the model in computer code and fitting such models using standard numerical
optimisation algorithms. In both situations, the student is able to assess the properties of a
given method using simulations or using methods based on asymptotic theory.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and compulsory computer exercises. Written final examination is the basis for the
grade awarded in the course. Retake of examination may be given as an oral examination.
The lectures may be given in English. If the course is taught in English, the exam may be given only in English. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments.
The re-sit examination may be given as an oral examination.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

In the case that the student receives an F/Fail as a final grade after both ordinary and re-sit exam, then the student must retake the course in its entirety. Submitted work that counts towards the final grade will also have to be retaken. For more information about grading and evaluation, see «Teaching methods and activities».

Course materials

Will be announced at the start of the course.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
ST0201 7.5
TMA4255 7.5

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Statistics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mathematical Sciences


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Home exam (1) 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home exam 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
  • 1) Merk at eksamensform er endret til hjemmeeksamen som et smittevernstiltak i den pågående koronasituasjonen. Please note that the exam form has changed to home examination as a preventive measure in the ongoing corona situation.

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