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STA1010

Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jonathan Keith (Clayton); Dr. Chen Won Sun (Malaysia)

Synopsis

Descriptive statistics, scatter plots, correlation, line of best fit. Elementary probability theory. Confidence intervals and hypothesis tests using normal, t and binomial distributions. Use of computer software. Formal treatment of statistical analyses and the role of probability in statistical inference.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the key steps of the scientific method and how it can be applied to real problems that involve data analysis and interpretation;

  1. Appreciate how statistical data is collected, analysed and stored;

  1. Understand the meaning of population parameters such as mean, standard deviation, and median;

  1. Understand the importance of statistical techniques in the analysis of data;

  1. Present and interpret data graphically;

  1. Determine confidence intervals for population parameters, and distinguish between a population parameter and a sample statistic;

  1. Determine the appropriate statistical technique for a given context;

  1. Perform simple statistical operations using Excel;

  1. Take a random sample from a population and determine whether data fits a statistical hypothesis;

  1. Prepare and write a scientific report.

Assessment

Final examination (3 hours): 70%
Assignments, laboratory exercises and tests: 30%.

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour support class per week

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Prerequisites

SCI1020, VCE Mathematical methods 3 and 4, or equivalent international qualifications listed in the Unit Guide.

Prohibitions

ETC1000, ETW1000, ETW1102, ETX1100, FIT1006 and MAT1097.
Note: students who have completed STA1010 cannot subsequently undertake SCI1020.