STAT1400 Statistics for Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 complementary unit in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Data Science; Genetics major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 additional unit in the Data Science second major sequence
  • Level 1 elective
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.
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.
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
Mathematics Applications ATAR
Mathematics Methods ATAR
WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
STAT1520 Economic and Business Statistics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours; labs: 2 hours
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.