Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kais Hamza


Probability models. Random variables and their distributions. Multivariate distributions. Conditional distributions and conditional expectations. Generating functions. The Law of Large Numbers and the Central Limit Theorem. Introduction to stochastic processes (random walk, finite state Markov chain, branching processes). Application to statistical models. Sampling distribution. Mathematical principles of inference.


On completion of this unit, students will understand basic concepts in statistical modelling and applied probability; apply statistical techniques to practical problems in areas of science and industry; understand the mathematical principles underlying statistical inference using the normal, binomial, t, F and chi-square distributions.


Examination(3 hours): 70%
Continuous assessment: 30%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kais Hamza

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour support class per week


MTH1030 or MTH1035, or equivalent


One of MTH2010, MTH2015 or MTH2021