STATS 1504 - Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) (Vet Bio)
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code STATS 1504 Course Statistical Practice I (Life Sciences) (Vet Bio) Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Incompatible MATHS 2107, STATS 1004, STATS 1005, ECON 1008 Assumed Knowledge SACE stage 2 Mathematical Methods Restrictions Available to BSc(Vet Bio) students only Course Description Statistical ideas and methods are essential tools in virtually all areas that rely on data to make decisions and reach conclusions. This includes diverse fields such as science, technology, government, commerce, manufacturing and the life sciences. In broad terms, statistics is about getting information from data. This includes both the important question of how to obtain suitable data for a given purpose and also how best to extract the information, often in the presence of random variability. This course provides an introduction to the contemporary application of statistics to a range of real world situations. It has a strong practical focus using the statistical package SPSS to analyse real data relevant to the life sciences.
Topics covered are: organisation, description and presentation of data in the life sciences; design of experiments and surveys; random variables, probability distributions, the binomial distribution and the normal distribution; statistical inference, tests of significance, confidence intervals; inference for means and proportions, one-sample tests, two independent samples, paired data, t-tests, contingency tables; analysis of variance; linear regression, least squares estimation, residuals and transformations, inference for regression coefficients, prediction.
Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa Humphries
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Apply methods for scientific problem-solving.
- Demonstrate an ability to plan simple experiments and surveys.
- Recognise the appropriate techniques for the analysis of a variety of experimental and observational studies.
- Appreciate statistics as a coherent discipline in its own right.
- Demonstrate a sound preparation for a more theoretical and mathematical study of statistics at Levels II and III.
- Use a modern statistical computing package.
- Demonstrate a suitable grounding in statistics for those who are continuing in other fields and who may need to use statistics in later experimental studies.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,2,3,5,6,7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
Required ResourcesMoore, McCabe, and Craig - Introduction to the Practice of Statistics (8th Ed).
Online LearningThis course uses MyUni exclusively for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignment papers, sample solutions, discussion boards, etc. It is recommended that the students make appropriate use of these resources.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course relies on lectures as the primary delivery mechanism for the material. Tutorials supplement the lectures by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained through lectures. A sequence of written assignments provides the assessment opportunities for students to gauge their progress and understanding.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload Hours Lectures 36 72 Tutorials 12 22 Assignments 5 48 Practicals 12 14 TOTAL 156
Learning Activities SummaryLecture Outline
1. Looking at a single variable (4 lectures)
2. Relationships between variables (3 lectures)
3. Producing data (3 lectures)
4. Probability (2 lectures)
5. Probability distributions (3 lectures)
6. Measurement data (11 lectures)
7. Analysis of variance (3 lectures)
8. Simple linear regression (3 lectures)
9. Count data (4 lectures)
1. Descriptive statistics
2. Relationships between variables
4. Producing data
6. Probability distributions
7. One sample inference
8. Hypothesis testing
9. Analysis of variance
10. Inference for regression
11. Inference for count data
1. Introduction to SPSS
2. Descriptive statistics and graphs
3. Relationships between variables
4. Predictor response relationships
6. Probability Calculations
7. Normal Q-Q plots, one sample inference
8. Two sample hypothesis tests and confidence intervals
9. Analysis of Variance
10. Inference for regression
11. Analysis of count data
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Component Weighting Outcomes Assessed Assignments 25% All Exam 70% All Online quizzes 5% All
Weekly Quizzes: stay the same at 5% of the total mark
Fortnightly Assignments: stay the same at 25% of the total mark
Mid-Semester Major Quiz: 20% of your grade.
This will take place in Week 7 (the week after Semester break), It will be online, just like the quizzes you do now, but it will be a bit longer. You will need a calculator and a pen and paper (or similar) to work out solutions and it will cover all the topics we have covered prior to Semester break. I will release more information about it as we get a little closer but you can consider the quizzes you do each week a good practice for this.
End of Semester Major Quiz: 20% of your grade.
This will take place in exam period. It will be online, just like the quizzes you do now, but it will be a bit longer. You will need a calculator and a pen and paper (or similar) to work out solutions and it will cover all the topics we have covered across the entire Semester. I will release more information about it as we get a little closer but you can consider the quizzes you do each week a good practice for this.
Final written test: 30% of your grade.
This will take place in the exam period in the scheduled exam time. You will receive an exam timetable from the University, just as you would normally, and this test will take place in the allocated time slot. You will download the test, complete the questions and then upload your solutions onto MyUni. You will be given just over two hours to do this and normal examination rules apply with the exception that this will, obviously, be open book.
Assessment Related RequirementsAn aggregate score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
Assessment Item Distributed Due Date Weighting Assignment 1 Week 1 Week 2 4% Assignment 2 Week 2 Week 4 4% Assignment 3 Week 4 Week 6 4% Assignment 4 Week 6 Week 8 4% Assignment 5 Week 8 Week 10 4% Assignment 6 Week 10 Week 12 4% Online quizzes End of each week Week 13 5% (total)
All written assignments are to be submitted to the designated hand-in boxes in the School of Mathematical Sciences with a signed cover sheet attached. Late assignments will not be accepted. Assignments will have a two week turn-around time for feedback to students.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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