3 ECTS credits
90 h study time

Offer 1 with catalog number 1016084BNR for all students in the 2nd semester at a (B) Bachelor - advanced level.

2nd semester
Enrollment based on exam contract
Grading method
Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
Can retake in second session
Taught in
Faculty of Engineering
Educational team
Gerd VANDERSTEEN (course titular)
Activities and contact hours
16 contact hours Lecture
24 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
Course Content

The theory and exercises of the Applied Statistics course deal with the following content

  • Introduction
  • Probability and combinatorics
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Stochastic variables and their probability distribution
  • Stochastic vectors and independent stochastic variables
  • Mean values and covariances
  • Covariance and correlation coefficient
  • Discrete distributions
  • Continuous distributions
  • Hypothesis tests
  • Estimation of models


Course material
Course text (Required) : Toegepaste Statistiek, Gerd Vandersteen, VUB, 2220170004662, 2018
Additional info
  • Course for sale at the Standard Student Shop.
  • The course, the list of exam questions, and the exercises bundle are made avaiable in pdf format.


Learning Outcomes

General competencies

The course introduces the basic concepts of probability theory and statistics and teaches students to apply them. It is not the intention to provide an extensive theoretical structure. On the other hand, a practically useful knowledge is targetted such that the students (as future engineers or physicists) can apply the methods / techniques to their own data and problems.
During the exercises / labs, the students process experimental or simulated data to extract the relevant information using statistical methods that were explained during the lectures.
The students are expected to have mastered all parts at the level of
  • knowledge: the reproduction of properties and their proofs,
  • insight: understanding the impact of the properties, and
  • application: the use of the theory on unprecedented problems / exercises.


The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.

Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:

  • exam theory & exercises with a relative weight of 1 which comprises 100% of the final mark.

    Note: Examen over theorie (mondeling) en oefeningenexamen (schriftelijk/PC)
    Deelname aan alle examenonderdelen is verplicht om een eindcijfer te bekomen
    Reproduceren van de kennis is niet voldoende, tijdens het examen wordt er uitvoerig getoetst of de student de leerstof begrijpt en zelfstandig kan toepassen.

Additional info regarding evaluation
The exam is divided into an oral part for the evaluation of the lectures and an exercise exam for the evaluation of the practical use of statistical methods. The mutual distribution of the oral exam / exercise exam is 50% / 50%. Both exams are closed book. The student may only use a formulary whose content was already recorded during the lessons, and which was printed by the examiners. When matlab is used during the exercise exam, the matlab documentation may be used.

During the oral exam (50%), all learning at the level of knowledge, insight, and application are questioned:

The exercise exam (50%) is mainly at the application level. Exercises can be requested from all learning contents of the course.

Individual results from the theory or exercise exam can not be transferred.


Academic context

This offer is part of the following study plans:
Bachelor of Engineering: Mechanical and Electrotechnical Engineering (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Civil Engineering (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Chemistry and Materials (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics and Information Technology (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Electronics and Information Technology Profile Profile Computer Science (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Engineering: Startplan (only offered in Dutch)
Bachelor of Physics and Astronomy: Default track (only offered in Dutch)