STAT11048 - Essential Statistics
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces students to the concepts and applications of probability and statistical modelling involving questions of estimation, inference, regression and correlation. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability and probability distributions (binomial, Poisson, normal), confidence intervals, one and two sample hypothesis tests, one way analysis of variance, chi-square tests, linear regression and correlation. The use of a calculator and a statistical/spreadsheet computer package for data analysis is covered.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7A
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Cairns
  • Distance
  • Gladstone
  • Mackay
  • Melbourne
  • Rockhampton
  • Sydney
  • Townsville

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Examination 60%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
The Study Guide needs to be revised and updated. Self reflection and student feedback A new edition of the Study Guide will be produced for Term 1 2017
The lecture videos need updating as there are some technical issues in the current videos and the Study Guide used is a 2015 edition. Also need to include more demonstrations with the prescribed calculator. Self reflection and student feedback A new set of lecture videos will be recorded using the 2017 edition of the Study Guide.
More basic maths help needed for students with little or no background in maths. Student feedback Will discuss this issue with Maths staff in the ALC and arrange for them to deliver appropriate help.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Introduce the basic concepts of data handling and statistical analysis including some considerations of sampling theory.
  2. Introduce the concept of probability and to consider the applications of several probability distributions to the solution of problems.
  3. Draw statistical conclusions about a population based on a sample of data using one sample, two sample and ANOVA tests.
  4. Use a calculator and computer software to perform statistical calculations.

This unit is designed to provide a foundation in statistical thinking as applied to decision making in life.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment  
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy
5. Team Work        
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence        
8. Ethical practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Written Assessment    
2 - Written Assessment    
3 - Examination      

Prescribed Textbooks

STAT11048 Study Guide
Author/s: Ross Shepherd Year: 2017
Edition: 3rd Publisher: CQUniversity Publishing
City: Rockhampton State: Qld
Country: AUSTRALIA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
Introduction to Business Statistics
Author/s: R Weiers Year: 2011
Edition: 7th Publisher: South Western
City: Belmont State: CA
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

The STAT11048 Study Guide is the only prescribed textbook. It is highly recommended that you buy a copy of the 2017 edition from the university bookshop. The weekly lectures will closely follow the "Notes from Lectures" section in each chapter of the Study Guide. The Weiers textbook is NOT compulsory for the unit. It is only used as supplementary reading in the unit. The Weiers textbook is referred to in each chapter of the Study Guide but only for supplementary reading.

Students will also need a simple scientific calculator with built-in functions to calculate the mean and standard deviation of a list of numbers. That is, it must have a 'Statistics MODE' built-in. The SHARP calculator EL-531XHB which is available from the CQUni bookshop is similar to the SHARP calculator I will use in the lectures and tutorials.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Microsoft Excel or Equivalent Spreadsheet Application
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorRoss Shepherd (r.shepherd@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Statistics

Study Guide chapter 1.

Textbook chapter 1 & chapter 2 (section 2.4 only)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 1.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Data Distributions

Study Guide chapter 2.

Textbook chapter 2 (sections 2.1 to 2.3)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 2.

Week 3 20-03-2017

Central Tendency and Dispersion

Study Guide chapter 3.

Textbook chapter 3 (all sections except 3.6)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 3.

Week 4 27-03-2017

Counting Principles and Probability

Study Guide chapter 4.

Textbook chapter 5 (all sections except 5.6)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 4.

Week 5 03-04-2017

Discrete Probability Distributions

Study Guide chapter 5.

Textbook chapter 6 (all sections except 6.3)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 5.

Assignment 1 Quiz Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Continuous Probability Distributions

Study Guide chapter 6.

Textbook chapter 7 (all sections except 7.5 and 7.6)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 6.

Week 7 24-04-2017

Sampling and Sampling Distributions

Study Guide chapter 7.

Textbook chapter 4 (only sections 4.6 and 4.7) and chapter 8 (all sections except 8.6)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 7.

Week 8 01-05-2017

Estimation

Study Guide chapter 8.

Textbook chapter 9 (all sections except 9.8)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 8.

Week 9 08-05-2017

Hypothesis Tests for a Population Mean or Proportion

Study Guide chapter 9.

Textbook chapter 10 (all sections except 10.7)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 9.

Assignment 2 Quiz Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Hypothesis Tests for Two or More Population Means

Study Guide chapter 10.

Textbook chapter 11 (sections 11.1, 11.2, 11.4 and 11.5) and chapter 12 (sections 12.1 to 12.3)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 10.

Week 11 22-05-2017

Linear Regression and Correlation

Study Guide chapter 12.

Textbook chapter 2 (section 2.5 only) & chapter 15 (all sections except 15.3 and 15.5)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 11.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Chi-Square Tests

Study Guide chapter 11.

Textbook chapter 13 (all sections except 13.6)

Watch lecture video and do tutorial exercises for Week 12.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

To pass the course (STAT11048) you must obtain:

  • at least 24 marks out of 60 marks on the final exam, AND
  • at least 50% of the combined total mark for the two assignments and the exam.

1 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 1 Quiz
Task Description

Assignment 1 is a Moodle Quiz which consists of 20 multiple choice questions which examine topics from Weeks 1 to 4 of the unit. Full details about the Assignment 1 Quiz are available on the STAT11048 Moodle website.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Submit in Week 5 by 11pm on Friday.
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Results will be available to students two weeks after the submission date.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Each quiz question is worth one (1) mark, which gives a total of twenty (20) marks or 20% for Assignment 1. Further details about Assignment 1 are available on the STAT11048 Moodle website.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

See the STAT11048 Moodle website for details about assignment submission.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Introduce the basic concepts of data handling and statistical analysis including some considerations of sampling theory.

2. Introduce the concept of probability and to consider the applications of several probability distributions to the solution of problems.

4. Use a calculator and computer software to perform statistical calculations.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Assignment 2 Quiz
Task Description

Assignment 2 is a Moodle Quiz which consists of 20 multiple choice questions which examine topics from Weeks 5 to 8 of the unit. Full details about the Assignment 2 Quiz are available on the STAT11048 Moodle website.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:00 PM AEST
Submit in Week 9 by 11pm on Friday
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Results will be available to students two weeks after the submission date.
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Each quiz question is worth one (1) mark, which gives a total of twenty (20) marks or 20% for Assignment 2. Further details about Assignment 2 are available on the STAT11048 Moodle website.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

See the STAT11048 Moodle website for details about assignment submission.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Introduce the basic concepts of data handling and statistical analysis including some considerations of sampling theory.

2. Introduce the concept of probability and to consider the applications of several probability distributions to the solution of problems.

3. Draw statistical conclusions about a population based on a sample of data using one sample, two sample and ANOVA tests.

4. Use a calculator and computer software to perform statistical calculations.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 60%
Condition Minimum percentage of examination marks required to pass course - 40% (or 24 marks out of the 60 marks available on the exam)
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - all non-communicable calculators, including scientific, programmable and graphics calculators are authorised.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Introduce the basic concepts of data handling and statistical analysis including some considerations of sampling theory.

2. Introduce the concept of probability and to consider the applications of several probability distributions to the solution of problems.

3. Draw statistical conclusions about a population based on a sample of data using one sample, two sample and ANOVA tests.

4. Use a calculator and computer software to perform statistical calculations.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice


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