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STA2227 - Applied statistics 2B

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader: Associate Professor P R Rayment and J Hille


Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit content is organised in two sections: the first covers the design and analysis of sample surveys, thereby balancing the focus on experimental design and analysis in unit STA2216; the second section focuses on robust and nonparametric methods, which are valuable when data do not conform to classical parametric procedure assumptions.


On completion of this unit students will be able to: assess the requirements of a proposed survey and develop the appropriate questionnaire and/or data collection techniques to meet these requirements; design an efficient sample survey using the relevant simple random, stratified random, cluster or wildlife sampling techniques; obtain point estimates for all required parameters and establish appropriate error bounds for these estimates; apply appropriate robust and nonparametric procedures to a range of problems including location comparisons and regression fits where traditional parametric methods are inappropriate; utilise robust estimators of location and dispersion including trimmed and Winsorised estimates of location and estimates of linear regression coefficients; utilise a statistical package to apply the statistical techniques covered in the unit.


Assignments (two): 30%
Examination (three hours): 70%

Contact hours

Three hours of lectures and one 1-hour tutorial/computing workshop per week


MTH1210 or STA1010


MAT2770, MAT2790, MAT3242, MAS3212, MAS3322, MAT3770, MAT3790, MTH2257