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# Statistics for the Sciences

### Available in 2012

Callaghan Campus Semester 1, Semester 2 Semester 2

### Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

How do we use data to make informed scientific decisions? This course introduces students to statistical thinking, data collection, data presentation and statistical analysis. Examples from a range of science related disciplines are used to illustrate the key concepts.

Although the emphasis is on applied data analysis rather than statistical theory, the course also provides an appropriate introduction for those students who intend to study statistics at a higher level.

Not to be counted for credit with STAT1060.

##### Objectives
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. appreciate the role of statistics in developing scientific knowledge
2. relate probability and sampling concepts to statistical analysis of data
3. apply basic principles of experimental design when collecting data
4. analyse data using common statistical software and interpret results to solve science related problems.
##### Content
. Introduction & overview of statistics in the sciences
. Understanding variation and describing univariate data
. Understanding bivariate relationships
. Collecting data - surveys and experiments
. Probability concepts
. Statistical inference hypothesis tests and confidence intervals
. Simple bivariate statistical models including regression and ANOVA
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##### Assumed Knowledge
Arithmetic and algebra up to and including logarithmic and exponential functions. Students who have not studied these areas recently are advised to complete MATH1001 Preparatory Studies in Mathematics before enrolling in STAT1070.

Note: Knowledge of calculus and matrices is not required.
Internal Mode
Lecture
Computer Lab
##### Assessment Items
 Essays / Written Assignments Examination: Formal Quiz - Class
##### Contact Hours
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term