UIUC STAT 385 - Spring 2020

Ha Khanh Nguyen


COVID-19 Online Adjustments

This document will serve as an addition to the Syllabus for STAT 385.

Documented are changes made to STAT 385 to help you still continue learning the course material during this pandemic, as well as reduce your stress level in an already very stressful time.

Please read the full document carefully as it is very important!


All lectures will be delivered through video posted on Youtube. The link for the videos are posted on the course website, next to the topic covered. If for any reason, you cannot access the lecture videos, please contact me ASAP.

The schedule for video release can be found on the course website homepage. I will try my best to follow the schedule, but if there are any delays, please stay patient!

Office Hours

Office Hours can be found on the course website homepage. Office Hours are held live here on Zoom.

Grade Policy

As you have already seen in the MASSMAIL, students now have the option to apply for Credit / No-Credit for Spring 2020 courses up until April 30, 2020. To help you make an informed decision by the deadline, I have decided to offer two options for your final grade. Your final grade will be the maximum grade from the 2 options.

Option 1

Grade Option 1 will be available on Compass no later than April 28, 2020. Please use this information wisely to decide whether you want to apply for Credit / No-Credit for STAT 385. You can think of this as your minimum grade in this class.

It will be calculated using the below formula:

\[ \frac{0.5 \times(\text{First 9 HW} - \text{2 Lowest HW Scores}) + 0.2\times\text{Midterm Project Grade}}{0.7} \]

Note that all homework and midterm project scores will be counted as percent. For example, if you get 27/30 on Homework 4, then your homework score is 90%.

Option 2

Option 2 grade will be calculated as stated in the syllabus, that is

\[ 0.5 \times (\text{10 HW} - \text{2 Lowest HW Scores}) + 0.2 \times \text{Midterm Project Grade} + 0.3\times\text{Final Project Grade} \]

  • If your option 2 grade is higher than your option 1 grade, your final grade will automatically be updated to option 2 grade.
  • Alternatively, if your option 2 grade is lower than your option 1 grade, your final grade will be your option 1 grade.

You might have many questions now that you finish reading this document. A Pizza discussion thread has been created for questions regarding this document. Please post your questions/comments/concerns there!

Stay safe and healthy!

- Ha