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EPM5014 - Probability and distribution theory

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: A/Prof Andrew Forbes


Alfred Hospital Second semester 2008 (Off-campus)


This unit involves the study of basic probability and calculus-based methods of underpinning probability distributions and parameter estimation.


Upon completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and laws of probability;
  2. Apply calculus-based tools to derive key features of a probability distribution, such as mean and variance;
  3. Understand the theoretical basis for estimation via likelihood based methods;
  4. Apply calculus based tools to derive estimators from likelihood functions;
  5. Understand properties of parameter estimators and the usefulness of large sample approximations in statistics;
  6. Appreciate the role of simulation in demonstrating and explaining statistical concepts.


Written Assignments 80%
Practical written exercises 15%
Online discussion 5%



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