Veterinary Biometry (VETS2021)


This Unit of Study presents an introduction to those aspects of statistics that are relevant to veterinarians. It covers biological variability; descriptive statistics (numerical and graphical summaries); probability concepts; samples and populations; the normal distribution; hypothesis tests (one-and two-sample tests); confidence intervals; analysis of variance; regression and correlation; experimental design (basic principles, specific design types); and contingency tables. Extensive use is made of the statistical package Minitab.

Further unit of study information


lectures: 26 hrs; practicals: 13 hrs


4 x quizzes (30%); Assignment: 3 parts (30%); Final Exam: 1 x 1hr open book (40%)


VETS2021 Unit of Study Handbook
Petrie A. Watson P. Statistics for Veterinary and Animal Science. 2nd edn. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell 2006
Reference Books: Additional references for Biometry are included in the VETS2021 Unit of Study Handbook

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Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

HSC Mathematics

Study this unit outside a degree

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.