ECTS - Probabilistic Methods in Engineering

Probabilistic Methods in Engineering (MDES618) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Probabilistic Methods in Engineering MDES618 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Natural & Applied Sciences Master's Degree
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Course Assistants
Course Objectives The aim of the course is to study basic methods of probability theory and mathematical statistics and to demonstrate the possible applications. Examples related to service systems, reliability, algorithms, and other subjects are given throughout the course. The course is constructed for students of engineering departments, using mathematics for its applications.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Find reliability functions and mean times to failure for systems of different types. Understand the notion of stochastic process and analyze different types of stochastic processes. Understand basic facts concerning Markov chains. Know special probability distributions such as Poisson, exponential, Erlang. Apply the methods of statistical inference.
Course Content Basic notions of probability theory, reliability theory, notion of a stochastic process, Poisson processes, Markov chains, statistical inference.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Sample space, random events, probability. Conditional probability. Independence. Ch.1.1-1.10
2 Random variables and probability distributions. Random vectors. Ch. 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.6
3 Reliability theory. Finding reliabilities of different systems. Redundancy. Ch. 3.6-3.7
4 Failure rate and hazard function. IFR/DFR distributions. Ch. 3.3
5 Definition and examples of stochastic processes, their types. Ch. 6.1, 6.2
6 The Poisson process and its generalizations Ch. 6.5, 6.4
7 Random incidence. Midterm I Ch. 6.7
8 Markov chains: Markov property, transition probabilities, transition graph. Chapman-Kolmogorov equations. Ch. 7.1, 7.2
9 Classification of states and limiting probabilities. Regular chains and equilibrium. Ch. 7.3
10 Absorbing Markov chains. Fundamental matrix. Ch. 7.9
11 Random samples. Estimators, their characteristics. Ch. 10.1-10.2
12 Point and interval estimation. Midterm II Ch.10.2.3
13 Hypothesis testing. The null and alternative hypotheses, type I and type II errors. One-sided and two-sided tests. Tests on the population mean. Ch. 10.3.1
14 Tests on the population variance. Goodness-of-fit tests Ch.10.3.3, 10.3.4
15 Overall review -
16 Final exam -


Course Book 1. K. S. Trivedi, Probability and Statistics with Reliability, Queueing, and Computer Science Applications, 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2002.
Other Sources 2. Sheldon Ross, Introduction to Probability Models. Academic Press, 1994
3. T. Aven, U. Jensen, Stochastic models in reliability, Springer, 1999

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics 2 20
Homework Assignments - -
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 2 40
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 5 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
2 An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyse and interpret data.
3 An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs.
4 An ability to function on multi-disciplinary domains.
5 An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
6 An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
7 An ability to communicate effectively.
8 Recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
9 A knowledge of contemporary issues.
10 An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
11 Skills in project management and recognition of international standards and methodologies
12 An ability to produce engineering products or prototypes that solve real-life problems.
13 Skills that contribute to professional knowledge.
14 An ability to make methodological scientific research.
15 An ability to produce, report and present an original or known scientific body of knowledge.
16 An ability to defend an originally produced idea.

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class 16 2 32
Presentation/Seminar Prepration
Homework Assignments 2 12 24
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 2 8 16
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 10 10
Total Workload 130