UIUC STAT 385 - Spring 2020

Ha Khanh Nguyen



Location and Time

  • Location: 114 Transportation Building
  • Time: MWF, 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Course Staff


  • Name: Ha Khanh Nguyen
  • Email:
  • Office: CAB 70.
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Thursday 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM in 104 Illini Hall.

Teaching Assistant

  • Name: Teng Wu
  • Email:
  • Office: 104 Illini Hall
  • Office Hours: Monday 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM.

Getting Help in STAT 385

You have many options to get help for this class:

  • Piazza - discussion forum, you can post question either in public or private mode (only instructor can view it).
  • Email me at from your Illinois email account (@illinois.edu). I will not respond to a non-Illinois email account. Make sure your email title follows the format: [STAT 385] <title>. You can expect a response from me within 24 hours if your email follows the correct format. Otherwise, you will still get a response but likely much later.
  • Office hours - you can go to my office hours as described above.

Course Content

Statisticians must be savvy in programming methods useful to the wide variety of analysis that they will be expected to perform. This course provides the foundation for writing and packaging statistical algorithms through the creation of functions and object oriented programming. Fundamental programming techniques and considerations will be emphasized. Students will also create dynamic reports that encapsulate their implemented algorithms. Students must have access to a computer on which they can install software.


Both of the required textbooks are available online (links provided). A physical copy is not required for this class. But if you prefer a physical copy, you can purchase it through Amazon.


STAT 200 or STAT 212.

Course Grades

Type Percent of Final Grade
Homework 50%
Midterm Project 20%
Final Project 30%


  • There will be 10 homework assignments.
  • The lowest 2 homework scores will be dropped.
  • No late homework will be accepted.
  • Homework will always be due at 11:59 PM on Friday each week unless otherwise noticed.


  • There will be 2 projects: a midterm project and a final project.
  • The Midterm Project will be assigned on Friday, 02/28/2020 and due a week later at 11:59PM on Friday, 03/06/2020.
  • The Final Project will be assigned on Friday, 04/24/2020 and due at 11:59PM on Wednesday, 05/13/2020.
  • Details regarding the projects will be posted on the Project page as the semester progresses.

Grading Scale

A+ A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D-
TBD 93% 90% 87% 83% 80% 77% 73% 70% 67% 63% 60%

Grades are not curved or adjusted.

Grade Disputes

If you feel your homework or project was graded incorrectly, you have one week from the date it was returned to discuss it with the course staff. After one week, grading is final except for exceptional circumstances. You may not simply ask for a re-grade, but instead must justify to the staff why the grading was done incorrectly. Also, by disputing any grading, you agree to allow the course staff to review the entire homework or project for other errors missed during grading.


You are expected to attend all lectures. Failure to do so may not have a direct effect on your course grade, but will likely have a significant indirect effect. Any known or potential extracurricular conflicts should be discussed in person with the instructor during the first week of classes, or as soon as they arise.

Academic Integrity

The official University of Illinois policy related to academic integrity can be found in Article 1, Part 4 of the Student Code. Section 1-402 in particular outlines behavior which is considered an infraction of academic integrity. These sections of the Student Code will be upheld in this course. Any violations will be dealt with in a swift, fair and strict manner. Homework assignments are meant to be learning experiences. You may discuss the exercises with other students, but you must write-up the solutions on your own. In short, do not cheat, it is not worth the risk. You are more likely to get caught than you believe. If you think you may be operating in a grey area, you most likely are.


The university values your safety. Please read this document or watch this video.

Disability Accommodations

To obtain disability-related academic adjustments or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the course instructor and the Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) as soon as possible. To contact DRES, you may visit 1207 S. Oak St., Champaign, call 217-333-4603, e-mail or go to the DRES website.


The instructor reserves the right to make any changes she considers academically advisable. Such changes, if any, will be announced in class. Please note that it is your responsibility to attend the class and keep track of the proceedings.