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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedAlfred Hospital First semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Alfred Hospital Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)A/Prof R Wolfe


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 (100%)

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Rory Wolfe




This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters of Biostatistics.

Additional information on this unit is available from the faculty at: