Introduction to Probability and Applied Statistics


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

This module is based on knowledge gained in the module Linear Algebra.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The objective of the course is to introduce the student to concepts and ideas within statistics and how statistics can be applied to problems relevant to engineers in this education.

Learning objectives


  • Fundamental concepts in probability, including conditional probability and independence.
  • Discrete and continuous random variables and relevant properties of these.
  • Various examples of descriptive statistics, e.g. histograms and scatterplots.
  • Statistical inference, including estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
  • Important statistical models, like linear regression (simple and multiple), analysis of variance, logistic regression and log-linear models (in particular contingency tables).


  • Can, given specific data, specify a relevant statistical model and account for the assumptions and limitations of the chosen model.
  • Must be able to use relevant software and programming for carrying out the statistical analysis of given data and be able to interpret the results of the analysis.         


  • Must be able to judge the applicability of statistics within own area.
  • Is capable of performing a critical judgement of the results of a statistical analysis.
  • Should be capable of communicating the results of a statistical analysis to people with no or little background within statistics.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examIntroduction to Probability and Applied Statistics
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleIntroduktion til sandsynlighedsregning og anvendt statistik
Module codeM-MOE-B2-3
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Production
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science