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Introduction to Statistics (6540.4)

Level: Undergraduate First Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Maths & Technology


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This unit introduces students to statistical techniques in a wide range of fields, with a concentration on the biological, health and social sciences. The focus of the unit is the collection, description and analysis of data with an emphasis on exploratory and graphical methods. Students are introduced to the statistical package SPSS. Topics include surveys and experiments; tables and graphs; measures of location and dispersion; basic probability; the scientific method; estimation; hypothesis testing; linear regression modelling; linear correlation.

Learning Outcomes


1. Understand the nature and consequences of natural variability in data;

2. Express a problem in statistical terms;

3. Summarise data graphically and statistically, either manually or using SPSS;

4. Estimate and test parameters in simple situations;

5. Model data by fitting straight lines; and

6. Understand basic statistical terminology in published material.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

4 hrs per week F2F.





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