Biometrical Methods (BIOM4005)


This unit introduces students to essential statistical and mathematical theory that should be at the fingertips of practising statisticians. Topics include a comprehensive review of statistical distributions and their properties; including the binomial, Poisson, geometric, normal and exponential distributions. In addition techniques such as method of moments and maximum likelihood estimation will be introduced for fitting the distributions to the data will be explored. Research skills will developed by project work involving the analysis of a real world dataset.

Further unit of study information


3x1 hr lecture/wk, 1x1 hr tutorial/wk, 1x1 hr computer practical/wk


1 × Final Exam (50%), 3 Assignments (10% each), Data Analysis Project (20%)


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