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Unit Overview


This unit develops mathematical methods essential in the study of probability and statistics. Initial focus is on probability modelling, with an emphasis on joint distributions and especially those of continuous type. Subsequent focus is on statistical inference, emphasising a likelihood approach to basic statistical theory as well as practical application of the methodology. This part deals with statistical models, parameter estimation, regression, analysis of variance, simple designed experiments and categorical data.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) explain the fundamental concepts of probability and statistics; (2) apply probability models to real-world problems and present mathematical results in a logical and coherent manner; and (3) recognise that understanding fundamentals is necessary for effective application.


This comprises four to six assessments including an assignment, a test, a computer-based investigation assessed by a report and a final examination.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Berwin Turlach
Unit rules
MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
and MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2.
for pre-2012 courses: MATH2209 Calculus and Probability
or (MATH1010 Calculus and Linear Algebra
and MATH1020 Calculus, Statistics and Probability
and FINA2205 Quantitative Methods for Finance)
STAT2225 Statistical Science
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hrs per week
tutorials: 2 hrs per fortnight
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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.
  • 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.