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Unit Overview


This unit introduces fundamental concepts of probability and probabilistic methods and provides tools for understanding, addressing and solving problems in a wide range of areas including science, engineering and finance. The basic concepts cover (pairs of) discrete and continuum random variables, their distributions and properties of random variables; independence and the conditional probability of multivariate distributions, sums of random variables, laws of large numbers and the Central Limit Theorem. This unit also covers discrete and continuous random processes and their properties that are particularly useful in science, engineering and finance. Statistical computing will form an essential part in testing the theoretical ideas, understanding and interpreting them in real and simulated scenarios.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Software Engineering major sequences

Students are able to (1) explain the basic and fundamental concepts of probability; (2) apply probability models to real-world problems and present mathematical results in a coherent manner; (3) use modern programming languages to apply theoretical ideas to data; (4) recognise the value of simulations for modelling real-life applications; and; and (5) communicate results achieved with probabilistic methods in applications..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) laboratories and quizzes; and (3) final Examination. 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 Edward Cripps
Unit rules
MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus
or MATX1011 Multivariable Calculus
MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
or MATX1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Contact hours
Lectures: 2-hours per week
Laboratory/Tutorials: 2-hours per week

This unit will be based on a number of recommended texts including:

Probability, Statistics, and Random Processes For Electrical Engineering, Alberto Leon Garcia

Introduction to Probability, Jessica Hwang and Joseph K. Blitzstein


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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.