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Unit Overview


This unit covers basic statistics and is compulsory for Bachelor of Commerce students. Topics include displaying and summarising data; random variables and their distributions; normal and binomial distributions; sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; confidence intervals; t-tests and F-tests; regression and correlation; goodness of fit; chi-square tests; and introduction to analysis of variance. Use of statistical packages is an integral part of the unit and emphasis is placed on examples of particular relevance to economics and commerce students.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Economics; Financial Economics; Business Analytics major sequences
  • Level 1 option in the Statistics major sequence
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) explain the basic probability concepts in modelling real-life situations in business and other applied disciplines; (2) identify independent events, and use conditional probability calculations and Bayes' theorem; (3) perform modelling using various distributions and calculate related probabilities, expected values, covariance and correlation; (4) demonstrate practical expertise associated with the use of a statistical package such as the Data Analysis Tool in Excel in performing basic statistical procedures; (5) distinguish between the different types of statistical tests that may be used to analyse data in different disciplines and understand subject-related practices of tests; (6) analyse relationships between variables using linear regression, and apply decision-making processes on the means for more than two populations based on ANOVA techniques; and (7) work effectively in both an independent and team situation, and complete required work and project reports by meeting deadlines.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) weekly tutorial assignments; (2) short tests; and (3) mid-semester and 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)
Associate Professor Berwin Turlach (Semester 1) and Dr Edward Cripps (Semester 2)
Unit rules
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or MATX1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or ECON1111 Quantitative Methods for Business and Economics or equivalent
STAT1400 Statistics for Science
or STAX1400 Statistics for Science
Contact hours
Lectures: 2-hours per week
Practical Classes/Labs: 2-hours per week
problem-solving sessions: 1-hour per week
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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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.