Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will provide an introduction to statistical concepts and techniques and the application of statistics in management and decision making in a variety of primary industries contexts. Students will develop a practical knowledge of selected statistical concepts, theories and methodologies including an understanding of experimental design and sampling techniques within a management context for a range of primary industries. Students will develop practical skills in basic statistical analysis techniques to interpret, transform, manipulate and present data. This includes the use of a variety of statistical software packages to analyse and interpret sample data summaries and draw inferences that inform enterprise and industry decision-makers. An understanding of and the ability to use appropriate terminology will assist students to develop confidence in presenting findings and in-turn enhance future career opportunities.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Admission into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsThe practice of statistics in the life sciencesPrescribedBaldi, B & Moore, D 2009NEW YORK, W.H. FREEMAN
ReadingsCommon errors in statisticsRecommendedGood, P & Hardin, J 20062ND EDN, JOHN WILEY AND SONS, NEW YORK, USA
ReadingsEssential mathematics and statistics for scienceRecommendedCurrell, G & Dowman, A 2005JOHN WILEY & SONS, NEW YORK, USA
ReadingsModern elementary statisticsRecommendedFreund, J 200311TH EDN, PRENTICE-HALL, NEW YORK USA
ReadingsStatistics and experimental design: an introduction for biologists and biochemistsRecommendedClarke, G 20033RD EDN, HODDER ARNOLD, NEW YORK USA
ReadingsThe basic practice of StatisticsRecommendedMoore, D 20105TH EDN, W.H. FREEMAN, NEW YORK, USA

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Epping, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorPeter Sale

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 3.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
Assignments (4 assignments approx. 1800 words)50
Final exam (2 hours)30
Mid-semester test (1 hour)20