Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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

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FacultyFaculty of Science
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Jonathan Keith (Clayton); Associate Professor Philip Rayment (Gippsland/OCL)


Descriptive statistics, scatter plots, correlation, line of best fit. Elementary probability theory. Confidence intervals and hypothesis tests using normal, t and binomial distributions. Use of computer software. Formal treatment of statistical analyses and the role of probability in statistical inference.


On completion of this unit, students will understand the key steps of the 'scientific method' and how these can be applied to real problems that involve data analysis and interpretation; gain an appreciation of: how statistical data is collected, analysed and stored, the meaning of population parameters such as mean, standard deviation, and median and the importance of statistical techniques in the analysis of data; understand how to: present and interpret data graphically, determine confidence intervals for population parameters, distinguish between a population parameter and a sample statistic, determine which statistical technique is appropriate in a given context, be able to perform simple statistical operations using Excel, take a random sample from a population and determine when data fits a statistical hypothesis, be able to prepare and write a scientific report.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Assignments/laboratories and tests: 40%
Students must pass the examination to be awarded a pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Jonathan Keith

Contact hours

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


VCE Mathematical methods 3 and 4


BUS1100, ETC1000, ETW1000, ETW1102, ETX1100 and MAT1097.
Note: students who have completed STA1010 cannot subsequently undertake SCI1020.