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Unit Overview

Description

This unit provides a solid foundation in statistical methods for students in the sciences (e.g. agricultural, biological, environmental, medical and physical) and social sciences. It covers the principles and applications of statistical reasoning, the use of a statistical software package, and applications of statistical methods. The unit may be taken as part of a major in Applied Statistics. Topics include data exploration and display, modelling univariate data, multivariate data; probability concepts and probability distributions; inference, including point estimation, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; design of experiments; chi-squared tests, contingency tables; linear regression; and analysis of variance. A widely used statistical package is employed for calculations.

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Data Science; Genetics; Molecular Life Sciences; Biochemistry of Nutrition; Computing and Data Science major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Human Sciences and Data Analytics; Statistics major sequences
  • Level 1 elective
Outcomes

Students are able to (1) appreciate the power of statistical concepts in the interpretation of data; (2) demonstrate knowledge of fundamental statistical tools and computer packages for applying these tools; (3) recognise the appropriate statistical techniques for use in particular real-world settings, and correctly apply these techniques for data analysis; (4) effectively communicate the results of these analyses; and (5) undertake continuous learning and realise that understanding the fundamentals is necessary for effective application.

Assessment

Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a final examination; (2) test; and (3) computer laboratory tasks and reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.



Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Darfiana Nur (00112479) (Sem 1); Associate Professor Adriano Polpo de Campos (00101533) (Sem 2)
Unit rules
Prerequisites
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or MATX1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or equivalent
Incompatibility
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Contact hours
Lectures: 3-hours per week
Laboratories: 2-hours per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.