Using R for Statistical Analysis - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1
  • Availability for 2017: SP1
  • Assessment: Assignments (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,332.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,582.00

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This unit introduces the basic data types and syntax used in the R software, which will allow students to use R to perform some basic object oriented programming. Some of the most commonly used probability distributions will be introduced, and the Generalized Linear Model (GLM), a powerful extension to the ordinary linear regression model, will be discussed at length. It will be shown that GLM is applicable in diverse settings involving different probability distributions. These models will be estimated in an R software environment. The concept of Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) will also be introduced.

After successfully completing this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and principles of generalized linear models.
  2. Arrange and consolidate large datasets in an R software environment.
  3. Develop the ability to perform advanced programing in an R software environment.
  4. Relate the basics of fundamental probability distributions to a range of GLM models needed for different types of data.
  5. Explain GLM results in comprehensive reports.
  6. Formulate practical and user friendly solutions to real life problems in the form of a statistical model in an R software environment.
  • Assignments (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quiz (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:

  • HMS796 — Using R for Statistical Analysis

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Broadband access
  • Other special requirement — You will require the R software package which is available freely on the web.

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1R data types and syntax
2Introduction to commonly used probability distributions
3Introduction to Generalized Linear Models (GLM)
4Introduction to ionsMaximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE)
5Empirical applications of GLM in an R software environment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

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