SCI1020 - Introduction to statistical reasoning - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences


Dr Dianne Atkinson

Dr Daniel McInnes (Clayton)

Dr Ashwini Gengatharan (Malaysia)

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)
  • Second semester 2017 (Day)


  • Second semester 2017 (Day)
  • October intake 2017 (Day)


Scientific method. The role of mathematical models in science. Principles of experimental and sampling design, data acquisition, analysis and presentation of data. Hypothesis testing and confidence intervals. Relationship between quantitative variables. Communication of scientific information.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the key steps of the scientific method and apply these to real problems that involve data analysis and interpretation;
  2. Understand the importance of statistical techniques in the analysis of data;
  3. Describe how statistical data is collected and analysed;
  4. Use Excel to present and interpret data in numerical summaries and/or graphs;
  5. Use appropriate statistical summaries to explore data;
  6. Perform regression and interpret results;
  7. Determine confidence intervals;
  8. Conduct hypothesis testing and interpret results;
  9. Communicate findings through a scientific report.


Examination (3 hours): 60% (Hurdle)

Continuous assessment: 40%

Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit a student must achieve at least 50% overall and at least 40% for the end-of-semester exam.

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures per week and one 2-hour workshop per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Dianne Atkinson (Sem 1 and 2)

Dr Daniel McInnes (October intake)


STA1010, ETC1000, ETW1000, ETW1102, ETX1100, FIT1006, MTH1030. Note that SCI1020 is an introductory unit and students who have already completed one of these prohibited units cannot subsequently enrol in SCI1020. Students who have completed MTH1030 should enrol in STA1010 instead.