Introduction to Biometrics


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2023-2024

Course director

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 0 hours

practices: 12 hours

seminars: 0 hours

total of: 12 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OTF-BBM-T
  • 1 kredit
  • Biotechnology BSc
  • Optional modul
  • both semesters


Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 20


Exploring data (using graphs and numbers) are usually handled as one-lesson / first chapter by basic statistical courses. This is, because a first course in statistics introduces many new skills. It also introduces some new ideas, that all are hard to understand for students. The new approach is to make a solid foundation to learn statistics by a more thorough introduction to those: The course tries to make clear a few of these fundamental ideas of statistics - limited to understanding and working with data. An improved skill for exploring data is useful not only at your classes and your future job but in the everyday life as well.
An excellent example is the 2020-2022 COVID pandemic. It is attached a ‘COVID-special’ block to every class material now. We study and analyze the data of the pandemic - based on the two new course goals. It demonstrates the power of data analysis to our professional and private life decisions. COVID pandemic – is a real hot issue, isn’t it?



  • 1. Probability examples 1
  • 2. Probability examples 1
  • 3. Probability examples 2 - discrete distributions
  • 4. Probability examples 2 - discrete distributions
  • 5. Exploring data by graphs
  • 6. Exploring data by graphs
  • 7. Exploring data by numbers - sample measures
  • 8. Exploring data by numbers - sample measures
  • 9. The normal distribution
  • 10. The normal distribution
  • 11. Distribution of the mean; Stat estimation: the CI for the expected value
  • 12. Distribution of the mean; Stat estimation: the CI for the expected value


Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department

Course material on the Moodle (continuously upgraded and copleted script, video, mp3, basic and advanced level exercises and solutions, ...)


László Pótó: Biometrics, workbook, Pécs, 2020

Recommended literature

1, Moore, D. S.: The Basic Practice of Statistics, 7th edition, 2015
2, Moore, David S., McCabe, George P.: Introduction to the Practice of Statistics, 5th edition, W.H. Freeman, 2005 or
Yates, Dan, Moore, David S., Starnes, Daren S.: The Practice of Statistics (TI-83/89 Graphing Calculator Enhanced) 2/e, W.H. Freeman, 2003 or
3, Rees, W. G.: Essential Statistics, Chapman and Hall, 1992

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum one missed class.

Mid-term exams

Active participation at the classes.

Making up for missed classes

One extra class

Exam topics/questions

No exam - but active participation on the classes is a must.


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Pótó László