This course is designed for graduates in the humanities, social sciences and health sciences who have a professional interest in the use of statistics. It is also applicable to other graduates who have a need to use statistics in their work but have not had sufficient or current training in applied statistics. It concentrates on practical skills and enables participants to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic areas of statistics.
The postgraduate Applied Statistics program includes courses from the Graduate Certificate level, Graduate Diploma to the Masters level. It enables students to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic areas of statistics, as well as their practical skills. In particular it builds proficiency in the SAS software package as well as SPSS. It provides students with experience in analysing multivariate data sets and in the analysis of complex sample data.
The postgraduate Applied Statistics program aims to enable students to develop:
- Proficiency in statistical software packages such as SPSS and SAS
- An understanding of the need for, and methods of, acquiring good data
- Quantitative skills in areas such as exploratory data analysis, estimation and hypothesis testing, factor and regression analysis, discriminant analysis and forecasting
- An appreciation for the role of statistical analysis for revealing underlying relationships and behaviours in business and society
The demand for applied statisticians continues to grow as data production grows in all areas of the economy. Graduates are employed in areas such as the following:
- Government agencies
- Market research
- Medical and biological sciences
- Town planning
- Social research
- Medical Research
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in any discipline. Applicants with an appropriate postgraduate diploma or equivalent are also eligible to apply.
Non-graduates with several years of practical statistical experience are eligible to apply and be eligible to commence Graduate Certificate level studies.
International applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 average, with at least 6.0 on every section of the test.
How to Apply
This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Swinburne University of Technology before they can enrol in units through OUA.
Applications for the Master, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics) are due by Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment.
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The media used to teach this course include printed materials and also some online study material. You will need easy and frequent access to a computer with the internet and email.
Additionally, students will be required to purchase and/or have access to the statistical software package SPSS.
SAS software required in Graduate Diploma and Master of Science units will be supplied by DVD. Please note: SAS will only run on a Windows platform.
To qualifiy for the award of Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) students must complete eight units.
Students completing the Graduate Diploma will be eligible to apply for the Master of Science (Applied Statistics).
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Entry to the course is available through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and relevant experience. Entry points will vary according to Swinburne Exemption and RPL policies.
Normally a maximum of 2 units in the Graduate Diploma or Master of Science (Applied Statistics) is available. A maximum of 4 units is possible in exceptional circumstances.
For further information about Swinburne University’s credit transfer arrangements please refer to: policies.swinburne.edu.au/ppdonline or contact the OUA Coordinator at Swinburne University.
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