Course data

Lectures: Tue & Thu 12:15–14:00 MaD380 (14 Jan 2014 – 20 Feb 2014)

Exercises: Tue 10:15–12:00 MaD380 (21 Jan 2014 – 25 Feb 2014).

Instructors: Lasse Leskelä and Mikko Kuronen

Course data in Korppi:


Learning outcomes

After completing the course the participant:


The course contents approximately correspond to Chapters 1–5 in the lecture notes

Tommi Sottinen
Helsingin yliopisto 2006
or Chapters 1–12 in the book
Probability Essentials
Jean Jacod & Philip Protter
Springer 2005

There will be no separate notes distributed about the lectures, except possibly for selected topics which are not covered in the above sources. The students are encouraged to write down and distribute their own notes with each other. The same goes for exercise solutions. Because written solutions to the exercises shall not be systematically delivered, it is a good idea to compare and share written solutions with other students.


The classroom language will be Finnish by default. The language may also be switched to English if needed.


The course is completed by passing a written exam. To pass the course, you must obtain at least 12 points from the final exam (max 24). In this case the course grade is obtained from the formula

  g = min(floor(max(x+b-9,0)/3),5)
where x is the number of points from the final exam (max 24), and the exercise bonus
  b = min(floor(k/6),4)
is computed from the total number of solved problems k (max 30). Six completed problems thus correspond to one bonus point, up to four bonus points.

The weekly exercises are not compulsory, but they are warmly recommended. You can mark an exercise as solved if you think that you understand the exercise well enough to present it to the others — the solution does not need to be correct. You are recommended to solve the exercise problem together with your fellow students.


The major part of the workload consists of independent study (solving the exercises, finding out how things work, etc.). Passing the course successfully requires allocating sufficient weekly time for independent study.

Solving exercises        (6 x 8 h) 48 h
Weekly independent study (6 x 6 h) 36 h
Attending lectures       (6 x 4 h) 24 h
Attending exercises      (6 x 2 h) 12 h
Preparing for the exam             11 h
Attending the exam                  4 h
Total                             135 h
1 cr amounts to 27 h total work -> 5 cr equals 135 h of work.


The participants are assumed familiarity with basic probability on the level of MATA280 Foundations of stochastics and elementary calculus on the level of MATA111 Calculus 1 and MATA112 Calculus 2.