Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Mathematical Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Kais Hamza


Introduction to probability - a mathematical treatment. Topics include: probability axioms, conditional probabilities and the law of total probability, discrete and continuous random variables, univariate and multivariate distributions, independence and conditioning, conditional distributions and conditional expectations, moment generating functions, simulation, the law of large numbers and the central limit theorem.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of probability including conditioning and independence, univariate and multivariate probability distributions, expectations, generating functions and limit theorems;

  1. Appreciate the relevance of probability models to a variety of areas including Science, Engineering, Actuarial Science and Finance;

  1. Derive means, variances, moments and distributions in a variety of univariate and multivariate contexts;

  1. Use conditioning and moment generating functions to solve a variety of problems involving two or more events or random variables;

  1. Understand the way random numbers are generated;

  1. Formulate in probablistic terms real-life situations involving uncertainty.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

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

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


MTH1030 or MTH1035, or equivalent


One of MTH2010, MTH2015 or MTH2021