Foundations of Statistics - 2018

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP2 , SP3 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment (40%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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Domestic 3,350.00
Domestic continuing 1,251.00
HECS 1,169.00
International 3,600.00
International continuing 1,501.00

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This unit of study enables students to develop the capacity to undertake independent statistical investigations, including the assumptions and limitations of their application.  The unit will provide practical skills to allow students to meaningfully interpret the results of various hypothesis tests, as well as to understand probability distributions and sampling methods commonly applied when collecting data. 

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit. Students must get at least 40% in the exam to be eligible to pass the unit.

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Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:

  1. Specify the objectives of an investigation in statistical terms
  2. Identify the level of measurement of a variable, appropriate sampling methods, and research design of a study
  3. Produce appropriate descriptions and visualisations of data distributions
  4. Estimate population parameters (proportions, means) using appropriate statistics and confidence intervals
  5. Select and conduct appropriate hypothesis tests for different population parameters (proportions, single sample means, difference of means for matched and independent samples)
  6. Describe the relationships between variables (correlations, crosstabs, relative risk and odds ratios) and test the significance of these relationships
  7. Interpret the outcomes of data analysis to write a concise report on findings.
  • Assignment (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Test — Online (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • STA102 — Foundations of Statistics (Previously STA15)

Do not enrol into this unit if you have completed STA15.

  • Other special requirement — IBM SPSS Statistics BASE GradPack [for Windows or Mac] is sufficient for this unit. The current version of SPSS is v.24. Note: Earlier versions of SPSS [from version 20 onwards] are acceptable.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Critical thinking in statistics; confounding and sources of bias.
2Ordering & grouping data: interpretation frequency tables and histograms; summarising data: median, IQR & boxplots; the mean & standard deviation.
3Describing and displaying relationships; Pearson's r; introduction to regression; relationships in tabulated data; correlation and causality.
4Producing data; experiments; population and samples; density curves and normal distribution.
5Introduction to estimation, confidence intervals for proportions, means and correlations.
6Making decisions about means, the Binomial, t tests; testing relationships; Pearson's r and the Chi-square test of independence.
7Relative Risk & Odds Ratios

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

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