Statistical Practice 2 - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (30%) , Invigilated Exam (60%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,472.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,722.00

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This unit extends the ideas developed in Statistical Practice 1 to include more advanced analyses. The unit focused on comparisons of multiple groups using parametric and non-parametric methods.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Choose the appropriate statistical analysis based on the researcher’s hypothesis, the level of measurement of the variables and the testing of the appropriate assumptions
  2. Select appropriate IBM SPSS Statistics procedures, Java applets on the web and mathematical calculations, to analyse data in a variety of contexts
  3. Relate the concepts of effect size, sample size, one or two tailed tests, level of significance and power of a statistical test
  4. Write interpretive summary reports for the inferential statistical techniques covered
  5. Judge when more advanced techniques are needed.
  • Assignments (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (60%)
  • Quiz — Online Quizzes (10%)
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:

  • HMS771 — Statistical Practice 2

Recommended prerequisites

You are recommended to have completed the following unit(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this unit:

If you have some statistical background it is possible to complete STA60001 concurrently with STA60005.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — You will require access to a recent version of SPSS - at least the SPSS Grad Pak.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Extension of statistical inference to testing means for more than two groups
2Using analysis of variance for single factor and two factor designs with interaction
3An introduction to power analysis
4Inference for simple regression
5Testing regression assumptions using residual analysis and data transformations
6Non-parametric methods for testing medians in single, related and independent groups (eg Binomial, sign, Wilcoxon, Friedman, Kruskal-Wallis)
7Analysis and interpretation of crosstabulations, including measures of association. Special emphasis is placed on reporting the results
8Review of variance and t-tests. Introduction to the analysis of variance - the single factor, independent groups design
9Using SPSS to produce an analysis of variance. Reporting an analysis of variance
10Analytical comparisons in the single factor independent groups design
11The Completely Randomised Factorial Design and report writing
12Analysis of Variance for the Single Factor Within Subjects, and report writing
13The Mixed Factorial Design
14Regression and Nonparametric Methods
15Correlation, Regression, Inference for Regression
16Investigation the Assumptions of Regression, Data Transformations
17Association between two ordinal variables
18Association between two categorical variables, review of the chi-square test
19Measuring the strength of the association in tables
20Non-parametric methods for single and related groups
21Non-parametric methods for independent groups. Choosing the correct statistical Test

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

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:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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