Introductory Statistical Methods (ENVX1001)


This is a core first year unit for the BEnvSys, BScAgr and BAnVetBioSc degrees. It provides the foundation quantitative skills that are needed in other units in the degrees and for further study in applied statistics. In the first half of the unit the emphasis is on statistics, topics covered include: describing data and its variability, probability, sampling and estimation, framing scientific hypotheses; estimating a single treatment mean via a confidence interval and testing for a particular mean via a z-test or t-test; estimating or testing the difference between two treatment means. In the second half of the unit the focus is on calculus, the topics being differentiation and integration in single and multiple dimensions. A particular emphasis is on the use of calculus for modelling biological and environmental data, for example the use of linear and non-linear functions. In the practicals the emphasis is on applying theory to analysing real datasets using the spreadsheet package Excel and the statistical package Genstat.

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2x1 hr lectures/wk, 1x1 hr tutorial/wk, 1x2 hr computer practical/wk


3 assessment tasks (3x10%), practical exam (20%), theory exam (50%)


No textbooks are recommended but useful reference books are: -Mead R, Curnow RN, Hasted AM (2002) 'Statistical methods in agriculture and experimental biology.' (Chapman & Hall: Boca Raton). -Quinn GP, Keough MJ (2002) 'Experimental design and data anal

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Assumed knowledge: 70 or more in HSC Mathematics


MATH1005, BIOM1003, MATH1111, BUSS1020, MATH1015, MATH1001, STAT1022, MATH1011, STAT1021, MATH1906, ECMT1010, MATH1901, MATH1905

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