CHE5001 - Data analysis - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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



Organisational Unit

Department of Chemical Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Banaszak Holl


Dr Joanne Tanner

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (Online)


Student must be enrolled in the Master of Bioproduct Manufacturing Engineering




The unit consists of a review of probabilistic foundations for data analysis including probability, random variables, expectation, distribution functions, 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, and regression analysis.

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

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


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Assess problems from an engineering perspective and deliberate on the relevant contextual factors.
  2. Combine and apply sophisticated data analysis methods and decision-making skills to analyse industrial scenarios and make recommendations that support business growth and development.
  3. Justify the use of appropriate computer modelling techniques and experimental methods, whilst ensuring model or test applicability, accuracy and limitations of the methods.
  4. Collaboratively evaluate an industry scenario to solve a problem or develop an innovation.
  5. Demonstrate the effective communication of the outcomes in a written and verbal format and assess the work of others.


Continuous assessment: 60 %

Case study-based take-home exam: 40 %

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

144 hours of study

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