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The SAS Statistical Package: A Survey for Statisticians

3rd Term
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online
Class Time(s)
Tu, Th, 1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

140.651 or 140.652

Introduces students to the SAS statistical package using the SAS Studio interface. Using examples of public health data students learn to write programs to summarize data and to perform statistical analyses. Using the interactive matrix language introduces computation within a matrix environment and the development of modular programming techniques.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Write and execute programs using SAS syntax
  2. Read and transform data in preparation for statistical analysis
  3. Create tabular and graphical displays of data
  4. Perform simple statistical analyses such as linear regression
  5. Utilize the SAS matrix language to perform matrix computations
  6. Employ optimization procedures and functions to maximize simple likelihoods
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 5% Participation
  • 80% In-class Exercises
  • 15% Problem sets
Special Comments

Please note: This is the virtual/online section of a course that is also offered onsite. Students will need to commit to the modality for which they register. Priority will be given to 1st-year Biostatistics ScM students, for whom this course is required.