STATISTICAL SCIENCE

STA1SS

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject provides an introduction to applied and theoretical statistics. (The applied component of this subject is identical to the content covered in STA1LS.) It introduces students to the basic applied statistical methods used in the biological sciences, medical sciences, agricultural sciences, nutrition, and health sciences and also provides an introduction to the mathematical theory used in the area of statistics. The three main areas of study are descriptive statistics, probability, and statistical inference and the use of a statistical computing package is an integral part of this subject. This subject is a possible pre-requisite for the second-year subjects in statistics.

SchoolSchool Engineering&Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Year-12 mathematics.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects STA1LS; STA1PSY; STA1STM; STA1CTS; BUS1BAN; ECO1ISB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsFSTE First Year Survival Guide (second edition)RecommendedFaculty of Science, Technology and EngineeringLA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2012
ReadingsIntroductory Statistics: a problem-solving approachRecommendedKokoska, S 2011FREEMAN
ReadingsManual for SPSS and R with Examples from the Life SciencesPrescribedFarchione, D. (2015).LA TROBE UNIVERSITY 2015

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Convert data into information by using appropriate numerical and graphical summaries.

Activities:
Assignment 1; Final Exam Each assignment consists of 2 short answer questions and 5 multiple-choice questions. The first short answer question involves using the statistical computer package (computer lab type question), the second involves applied statistical problem solving (practice class type question) and the third involves theoretical statistical problem solving (practice class type question), with written conclusions. All written conclusions are allocated marks. The final exam will contain questions similar to those that are in the computer labs, practice classes and assignments.

02. Calculate probabilities and other quantities from discrete and continuous probability distributions and by applying the basic rules of probability.

Activities:
Assignments 2 and 3; Final Exam Each assignment consists of 2 short answer questions and 5 multiple-choice questions. The first short answer question involves using the statistical computer package (computer lab type question), the second involves applied statistical problem solving (practice class type question) and the third involves theoretical statistical problem solving (practice class type question), with written conclusions. All written conclusions are allocated marks. The final exam will contain questions similar to those that are in the computer labs, practice classes and assignments.

03. Identify and apply appropriate statistical inference methods for decision making.

Activities:
Assignments 4 and 5; Final Exam Assignment 4 consists of 4 short answer questions and 5 multiple-choice questions. The first short answer question involves using the statistical computer package (computer lab type question), the second involves applied statistical problem solving (practice class type question) and the third and fourth involves theoretical statistical problem solving (practice class type question), with written conclusions. Assignment 5 consists of 5 short answer questions and 5 multiple-choice questions. Three of the 5 short answer questions involve theoretical statistical problems. All written conclusions are allocated marks. The final exam will contain questions similar to those that are in the computer labs, practice classes and assignments.

04. Compute, display and interpret numerical and graphical summaries, probabilities and various statistical inference procedures using the statistical software packages SPSS and R.

Activities:
Assignments 1-5; Final Exam Each assignment consists of short answer questions and multiple-choice questions. They involve using SPSS or R (computer lab type question), applied statistical problem solving (practice class type question) and theoretical statistical problem solving (practice class type question). The final exam will contain questions similar to those that are in the computer labs, practice classes and assignments.

05. Apply basic mathematical theoretical techniques in the area of statistics.

Activities:
Assignments 4 and 5; Final Exam Assignment 4 consists of 4 short answer questions and 5 multiple-choice questions. The first short answer question involves using the statistical computer package (computer lab type question), the second involves applied statistical problem solving (practice class type question) and the third involves theoretical statistical problem solving (practice class type question). Assignment 5 involves 5 short answer questions and 5 multiple-choice questions. The final exam will contain questions similar to those that are in the computer labs, practice classes and assignments. Three of the 5 short answer questions involve theoretical statistical problems.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Computer Laboratory Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Three 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Practical Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
one 3-hour examination60 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
five assignments (equivalent to 1800-words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05