STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Mathematics and Statistics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit develops mathematical methods essential in the study of probability together with the distribution theory required for a study of statistical inference. Topics include random variables and their distributions; joint and conditional distributions; a survey of common distributions and some of their applications; the Poisson process and related distributions; convergence of random variables and the central limit theorem; and an introduction to Markov chains.
Students are able to (1) explain the fundamental concepts of probability; (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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignment; and (3) mid-semester test and final examination. 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 John Lau
Unit rules
(MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2)
(MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods);
MATH2209 Calculus and Probability
STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week; practical classes/computer labs: 1 hour per fortnight
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