Statistics 503: Design of Experiments
Course Syllabus
Fall 2004

Location: 220 Thomas Building
Time: Tuesday and Thursday 8:00 - 9:15am

James L Rosenberger     Email:
Phone:  (814) 865-1348     Web:
Office Hours: Wednesday and Thursday 10:00-11:00am, and by appointment at 326 Thomas Building .

Teaching Assistant:
Yang Wang;     Email:
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday 2:40-4:30pm
331B Thomas Building, 865-8045

Course Requirements:
8-10 Homework assignments graded. 40% (10% penalty for late assignments)
Experiment design and analysis Project.10% (due last week of class)
Two preliminary examinations. 15% each.
Comprehensive final examination. 20%
Final exam Tuesday, date TBA

Design and Analysis of Experiments by Douglas C. Montgomery, 5th edition. 2001, Wiley.

Coverage: The course will cover most of the material in the text, chapters 1-14. The students will be required to use statistical computer software to complete many homework assignments and the project. For most assignments the Minitab or SAS regression, ANOVA and GLM commands will satisfy the computing requirements.

Syllabus: (Draft as of 25 August 2004)

  1. Introduction
  2. Simple Comparitive Experiments
  3. Single Factor experiments
  4. Ranomized Blocks, Latin Square Designs and extensions.
  5. Introduction to Factorial Designs
  6. 2^k Designs
  7. Confounding and Blocking in 2^k Designs
  8. 2-level Fractional Factorial Designs.
  9. 3-level and Mixed-level Factorials and Fractional Factorials.
  10. Regression models
  11. Response Surface Metodology
  12. Random Effects Models.
  13. Nested and Spelit Plot Designs.
  14. Transformations, unbablanced AOV and ANCOVA.

References (partial list):

  1. Box, GEP, Hunter, WG, and Hunter, JS, 1978, Statistics for Experimenters, Wiley.
  2. Box, GEP and Draper, NR 1987, Empirical Model-Building and Response Surfaces, Wiley.
  3. Cochran, WG and Cox, GM, 1957, Experimental Designs, Wiley.
  4. Fisher, RA, 1966, The Design of Experiments, 8th edit., Hafner.
  5. Hinkelmann, K and Kempthorne, O, 1994, Design and Analysis of Experiments (Vol I), Wiley.
  6. Pukelsheim, F, 1993, Optimal Design of Experiments,Wiley.
  7. Winer, BJ, 1962, Statistical Principles in Experimental Design,2nd edit., McGraw-Hill.
  8. Wu, C.F. Jeff and Michael Hamada, 2000, Experiments: Planning, Analysis , and Parameter Design Optimization, Wiley.

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