Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Professor Jean Armstrong



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


The unit consists of a review of probabilistic foundations for data analysis including probability, random variables, expectation, distribution functions, important probability distributions, central limit theorem, random vectors, conditional distributions and random processes.

Students will develop the foundations of statistical inference including estimation, confidence intervals, maximum likelihood, hypothesis testing, least-squares and regression analysis.

The unit will then examine the foundations of signal analysis including continuous and discrete-time signals, sampling, quantization, filtering, Fourier analysis, random signals and power spectral density.

A selection of more advanced topics in probability, random modelling, statistical inference and signal processing will also be presented.

The material will be taught in the context of real engineering problems taken from multiple engineering disciplines. The numerical computing environment MATLAB will be used extensively throughout the unit.


On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts in probability, statistical inference and signal processing
  • critically apply data analysis techniques to real engineering problems
  • make sound conclusions from experimental data
  • demonstrate proficiency in use of MATLAB for data analysis
  • demonstrate proficiency in presenting with data


Continuous assessment: 50%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures, 2 hours of labs and 7 hours of private study per week.

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