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Unit Overview


This unit is taken over two successive semesters and parts 1 and 2 must be completed to fulfil the requirements of the unit. Students can commence the unit in either semester 1 or semester 2. Students are required to attend a scientific communication course and submit a dissertation; the latter is the research component for honours in Mathematical Statistics. Students should approach relevant staff members to discuss possible projects. The dissertation may be entirely concerned with aspects of probability or statistical theory, or it may be based on analysis of some real data with attention given to descriptions, explanations or derivations of relevant theory. For honours in Mathematical Statistics, an emphasis on probability and/or statistical theory is expected. Depending on the topic, a student may attempt original work. The dissertation should be between 25 and 50 typeset pages, including figures, tables, diagrams, but excluding appendices. It should be prepared using the mathematical typesetting package LaTeX. Excessive or inappropriate use of appendices is penalised. More detailed guidelines for the dissertation are available on the relevant School of Mathematics and Statistics web pages.

6 points

Students are able to (1) apply mathematical reasoning to analyse the essential structure of problems arising in areas of mathematics or statistics; (2) extend their knowledge of mathematical techniques and adapt solutions to different situations; (3) gain experience in the basic principles of technical writing, constructing and presenting a talk, and communicating effectively with others; and (4) learn how to typeset their dissertation using the mathematical typesetting language LaTeX.


This is based on performance in the scientific communication course (10 per cent), the submitted dissertation (80 per cent) and a seminar based on the dissertation (10 per cent). There is no written examination. Each dissertation is assessed by two examiners. Marks are awarded by them based partly on a written statement from the supervisor describing the input of the student and highlighting noteworthy aspects of the dissertation. More detailed guidelines concerning assessment of the dissertation are available on the relevant School of Mathematics and Statistics web pages.

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

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor John Lau
Unit rules
enrolment in
honours in Mathematical Statistics
Advisable prior study
a major in Mathematical Statistics
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • 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.