STATS 7107 - Statistical Modelling and Inference

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021

Course Content: Statistical methods underpin disciplines which draw inference from data and this includes just about everything: for example, the sciences, humanities, technology, education, engineering, government, industry and medicine. Analysis of the complex problems arising in practice requires an understanding of fundamental statistical principles together with knowledge of how to use suitable modelling techniques. Computing using high-level software is also an essential element of modern statistical practice. This course provides you with these skills by giving an introduction to the principles of statistical inference and linear statistical models using the freely available statistical package R. Topics covered are: point estimates, unbiasedness, mean-squared error, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, power calculations, derivation of one and two-sample procedures: simple linear regression, regression diagnostics, and prediction: linear models, analysis of variance (ANOVA), multiple linear regression, factorial experiments, analysis of covariance models including parallel and separate regressions, and model building; maximum likelihood methods for estimation and testing, and goodness-of-fit tests.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code STATS 7107
    Course Statistical Modelling and Inference
    Coordinating Unit Mathematical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Assumed Knowledge (MATHS 1004 or MATHS 1012) and (STATS 1000 or STATS 1004 or STATS 1005 or MATHS 2201 or MATHS 2107) and MATHS 2103. Familiarity with a programming language; R would be most beneficial.
    Assessment Ongoing assessment, examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Matthew Ryan

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Ability to derive the distributional results needed for statistical inference.
    2. Ability to conduct appropriate hypothesis tests for comparing two or more means and for regression.
    3. Demonstrate understanding that hypothesis tests, regression and analysis of variance can be seen as part of the same statistical theory of linear models.
    4. Demonstrate understanding of the theory of maximum likelihood estimation for a scalar parameter.
    5. Ability to analyse data and fit linear regression models using R.
    6. Demonstrate skills in interpreting and communicating the results of statistical analysis, orally and in writing.
    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)
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Recommended Resources
    J. A. Rice: Mathematical Statistics and Data Analysis, 3rd edition (2007).
    D.D. Wackerly, W. Mendelhall and R.L. Scheaffer: Mathematical Statistics with Applications, 7th edition (2008).
    Online Learning
    This course uses MyUni for providing electronic resources, such as lecture notes, assignments, tutorial and practicals. It is recommended that students make appropriate use of these resources.

    Link to MyUni login page:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The lecturer guides the students through the course material in 35 lectures. Students are expected to prepare for lectures by reading the printed notes in advance of the lecture, and to engage with the material in the lectures. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged. Students are expected to watch the lecture videos and study the lecture notes. In the fortnightly tutorials, students are encouraged to discuss their solutions with each other. These exercises will be further supplemented by the fortnightly computing practical sessions during which students will work under guidance on practical data analysis and develop computing skills using R.  Homework assignments build on the tutorial and practical materials and help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and practical work, and gives them the opportunity to gauge their progress and understanding of the course material.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Activity Quantity Workload hours
    Lectures 35 90
    Assignments 4 30
    Quizzes 10 16
    Tests 2 3
    Tutorials 5 5
    Practicals 6 12
    TOTALS 156
    Learning Activities Summary
    Lecture Outline

    1. Introduction to statistical inference: notation, mean squared error (Week 1)
    2. Best Linear Unbiased Estimation (BLUE) (Week 1)
    3. Confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses and power calculations (Week 2)
    4. Inference for a single sample, unknown variance; pivotal quantities (Week 3)
    5. Inference for two independent samples (Week 4)
    6. Regression modelling and least squares estimation (Week 5)
    7. Prediction for regression and residuals (Week 6)
    8. Multiple linear regression and least squares estimation (Week 7)
    9. BLUE and tests of hypotheses (Week 8)
    10. Applications to prediction, polynomial regression and one-way analysis of variance (Week 8)
    11. Analysis of covariance and two-way analysis of variance (Week 9)
    12. Maximum likelihood (ML) estimation (Week 10)
    13. Inference for ML estimators and tests based on the likelihood (Week 10)
    14. Practical issues: randomization, imputation, multiple testing, non-parameteric tests (Week 11)

    Tutorial Outline
    1. MSE, BLUE, expectation and MGFs
    2. Chi-squared distribution, inference for two independent samples
    3. Regression and properties of estimators, Multiple regression
    4. Parallel regression, ANOVA, ANCOVA, and other applications
    5. Maximum likelihood estimation and hypothesis tests

    Practical Outline
    1. Introduction to R, reading data into R.
    2. Summary statistics and cleaning data.
    3. Using ggplot to visualise data.
    4. Modelling data part 1. 
    5. Modelling data part 2.
    6. Using Rmarkdown to write statistical reports.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Weighting Due Task type Learning
    Quizzes 10% Weeks
    1-7, 9-11
    Formative All
    Assignments 20% Weeks 3,5,7,11 Summative All
    Theoretical Test 15% Week 8 Summative All
    Practical Test 15% Week 12 Summative All
    Examination 40% Examination period Summative All
    Assessment Related Requirements
    An aggregate final score of at least 50% is required to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail

    Assessment Item Distributed Due Date Weighting
    Assignment 1 Week 2 Week 3 5%
    Assignment 2 Week 4 Week 5 5%
    Assignment 3 Week 6 Week 7 5%
    Assignment 4 Week 10 Week 11 5%

    All written assignments are to be submitted online via MyUni. 

    Late assignments will not be accepted unless with permission by the lecturer.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

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    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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