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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Andrew Percy and Dr Philip Rayment


This unit is designed to develop an understanding of some of the most widely used methods of statistical data analysis, from the view point of the user, with an emphasis on planned experiments. Students will become familiar with at least one standard statistical package. Topics covered include: parametric and nonparametric procedures to compare two independent and matched samples; review of simple linear regression; multiple linear regression - analysis of residuals, choice of explanatory variables; model selection and validation; nonlinear relationships; introduction to logistic regression; basic principles of experimental design; one-way and two-way analysis of variance models; planned and multiple comparison techniques; power and sample size considerations in design; usage of some available statistical packages including Minitab and/or SPSS, data preparation, interpretation of output.


On completion of this unit, students should be able to recognise the requirements for design of an effective experiment and the nature of data arising from these situations; demonstrate an understanding of some of the important parametric and non-parametric methods of statistical data analysis, including analysis of variance, multiple linear regression and logistic regression; select and apply a statistical technique (from those covered in the unit) suitable for analysing a given set of data; formulate a model relating a response variable to a number of given independent variables; use a statistical package for applying statistical techniques covered in the unit.


Assignments (three): 30%
Mini-project report: 10%
Examination (3 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrew Percy

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 1-hour workshop per week


STA1010 or SCI1020