Directed Studies I

Course code STAT4101Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

This course provides an in-depth study of a topic in Statistics at an advanced level. The topic is individually chosen to suit the student's background and aspirations, and will be offered either as a lecture course or as a reading course under the direction of a member of the academic staff.

Each student's topic must be approved by the Honours program convenor.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1, Semester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThe course contributes to the program's graduate profiles:
GAP1: Strong conceptual, theoretical and analytical skills in mathematics and /or statistics.
GAP2: Using mathematical ideas, techniques and technologies to formulate and solve problems from both within and outside mathematics and statistics.

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of the content and context of an advanced statistical topic;
2. apply advanced statistical problem solving skills
3. use sophisticated statistical communication skills in the presentation of statistical arguments.
ContentIn this course students will be required to complete a single topic of study drawn from an area of statistics such as categorical data analysis, Bayesian analysis, multivariate statistics, time series analysis, bioinformatics, biostatistics, statistical process control & surveys and experimental design, environmental and ecological statistics and climate change research methods. The topics on offer in any given year will be determined by staff availability and student interest. A topic will only be offered once in any calendar year.
Replacing Course(s)New 10 unit courses are replacing previous 20 unit courses.

The decision to offer five 10 unit directed studies courses, rather than say two 20 unit and one 10 unit course, is to allow
. students greater flexibility in how they distribute their load across their period of candidature, particularly those undertaking part time study
. students to gain more frequent feedback on their progress through the program by the award of an official result at the conclusion of each topic studied
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeA strong background in 3000/4000 level courses relevant to the topic.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Individual Supervision
Assessment Items
Examination: ClassAll topics offered by the University of Newcastle will have a final exam with a weighting of at least 40%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsAssessment in each topic taken as a Directed Study will be approved by the program convenor and specified in the topic outline.
Contact HoursIndividual Supervision: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for STAT4101