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Introduction to Statistics (MAS180)

Organisational Unit Information Technology, Mathematics and Statistics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides an introduction to statistical techniques used to collect, summarise, interpret and present numerical information, with particular emphasis on applications from commerce, economics and the social sciences. The unit aims to show students how statistics contributes to their chosen area of study.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of basic statistical concepts and be familiar with some of the statistical jargon commonly used in the analysis, interpretation and presentation of numerical information.
2. Use some basic statistical techniques and apply them in other units of study in commerce, economics, psychology, sports science, etc.
3. Assess statistical information and arguments found in academic reports and in the media and have developed a healthy scepticism of data and the conclusions often drawn from them.
4. Recognise their limitations and the need to consult a statistician for more complex statistical problems they may encounter during their career.
Timetabled Learning Activities
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is structured around lectures, in which statistical content is presented. Students practise applications of this content in the unit notes, text book and tutorial styles exercises, with guidance from their tutor. This unit encourages self-directed learning and recommends regular practice of statistical techniques using the text book and the range of learning resources available in the unit's Learning Management System.
Assessment Your ability to solve relevant statistical problems will be assessed at regular intervals during the semester via assignments. These assessments are designed to allow you to demonstrate your ability in each of the content areas of the unit and to give you regular feedback on your progress, helping you to identify your areas of strength or weakness during the semester. Assignment solutions and results will be posted progressively on the Learning Management System.
The weightings for assessment items are as follows:
Assignments (5) - 30%
Final Examination - 70%
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed MAS183 Statistical Data Analysis may not enrol in this unit.
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Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Helen Middleton
Teaching Scholar

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2200
e: H.Middleton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.005 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
Dr Helen Middleton
Teaching Scholar

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2200
e: H.Middleton@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.005 - Building 245, Murdoch Campus
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