Fall 2012 Course Syllabus: Math 659
Course Title: 
Survival Analysis 
Textbook: 
Survival Analysis: Techniques for Censored and Truncated Data, by John P. Klein and Melvin L. Moeschberger; Publisher: Springer, 2nd edition (2003); ISBN13: 9780387953991.

Reference
Books: 
Survival Analysis: A SelfLearning Text,
by David G. Kleinbaum and Michael Kline (2005, 2nd
Ed.).

Prerequisites: 
Math 665 or
equivalent with Departmental approval. 
Course
Outline 

Date 
Lecture 
Sections 
Topic 
Assignment 
Week 1 9/4 
1 
Sections 2.1 Lecture Note 
Introduction to Survival Analysis Introduction to R programming


Week 2 9/11 
2 
Sections 2.22.6 
Basic Quantities of Survival Time Basic Models for Survival Data 
Homework 1 
Week 3 9/18 
3 
Sections 3.13.5 
Censoring and Truncation 

Week 4 9/25 
4 
Sections 4.14.3 
Nonparametric Estimation Methods (I)

Homework 2 
Week 5 10/2 
5 
Sections 4.4, 4.6, 5.2 
Nonparametric
Estimation Methods (II) 

Week 6 10/9 
6 
Sections 7.17.2 
Hypothesis Testing (I) 
Homework 3 
Week 7 10/16 
7 
Sections 7.3  7.4 
Hypothesis Testing (II) 

Week 8 10/23 


MIDTERM EXAM: Tuesday ~ October 23, 2011 

Week 9 10/30 
8 
Sections 7.5, 8.18.3 
Hypothesis Testing (III) Semiparametric Proportional hazards regression models and methods (I)

Survival Data Analysis Project Homework 4 
Week 10 11/6 
9 
Sections 8.4 8.5 
Semiparametric
Proportional hazards regression models and methods (II) 

Week 11 11/13 
10 
Sections 8.7, 9.1 
Semiparametric Proportional hazards regression models and methods (III) Refinements of the Semiparametric Proportional Hazards Model (I) 

Week 12 11/20 
11 

NO CLASS ~ Follow a Thursday Schedule 

Week 13 11/27 
12 
Sections 9.29.4 
Refinements of the Semiparametric Proportional Hazards Model (II) 

Week 14 12/4 
13 
Sections 11.111.4 
Regression Diagnostics 

Week 15 12/11 
14 

Students’ Project Presentation 

Week 16 12/18 


FINAL EXAM: Tuesday ~ December 18, 2012 

IMPORTANT
DATES 

FIRST DAY OF SEMESTER 
September 4, 2012 
LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW 
November 6, 2012 
LAST DAY OF CLASSES 
December 12, 2012 
FINAL EXAM PERIOD 
December 14 – 20, 2012 
Grading Policy
Assignment Weighting 

Tentative Grading Scale 

Homework 
25 % 

A 
90  100 
Project 
20 % 

B+ 
85  90 
Midterm Exam 
25 % 

B 
80  85 
Final Exam 
30 % 

C+ 
75  80 



C 
70  75 



F 
0  70 
Important Departmental and University
Policies
Prepared by Prof. Wenge Guo, May 2, 2012