Mathematics of Applied Statistics

Course code BIOS6040
Available in 2016
Available in 2017
2016 Course Timetables


Introduces the mathematical concepts and techniques which underpin the application of statistics in the digital age.


Distance Education - Callaghan

  • Semester 2 - 2016
  • Semester 1 - 2017
  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Algebraically manipulate a variety of mathematical expressions;

2. Understand the concept of the limit of a mathematical function and evaluate the limits of simple functions;

3. Differentiate mathematical expressions using various techniques.

4. Integrate mathematical expressions using appropriate techniques;

5. Understand the concepts of vectors and matrices and how these are used in statistics;

6. Recognise matrix notation and perform various mathematical operations on matrix expressions;

7. Understand the concept of numerical approximation and its importance to statistical computing.


This course covers the most frequently used mathematical concepts, functions and operations in statistics. Differentiation and integration techniques will be introduced along with the concepts of numerical methods for evaluating more complex functions. The use of matrices will also be covered, including important matrix operations and properties commonly utilised in statistical modelling.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Medical Statistics or Master of Medical Statistics programs.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays / Written Assignments