STAT1400 Statistics for Science

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Semester 2OnlineOnline flexible 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit is asynchronous delivery, with NO requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
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 elective
Content
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Adriano Polpo de Campos
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals or equivalent or higher
Incompatibility:
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours; labs: 2 hours
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  • 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.