STAT3062 Statistical Science

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 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 3 elective
This unit presents the foundations of the modern science of statistics. It gives in-depth coverage of key statistical concepts (models, estimation, likelihood, inference), mathematical tools (distributions, transforms, asymptotics, expansions) and statistical methodology (estimators, regression, linear models, analysis of variance). It deals with techniques of probability modelling and statistical inference based on the use of likelihood theory for estimation and hypothesis testing.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts in probability and statistical inference; (2) apply probability and statistical models to real-world problems; (3) recognise the appropriate statistical techniques for use in particular real-world settings and correctly apply these techniques for data analysis; and (4) present relevant mathematical results in a logical and coherent manner.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tests; (2) written assessments; and (3) a 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
STAT2061 Probability and Mathematical Statistics
STAT2062 Fundamentals of Probability with Applications
Contact hours
lectures: 5 hours per fortnight; labs: 2 hours per fortnight
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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