STATS 4013 - Statistics Topic A - Honours
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code STATS 4013 Course Statistics Topic A - Honours Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Course Description Please contact the School of Mathematical Sciences for further details, or view course information on the School of Mathematical Sciences web site at http://www.maths.adelaide.edu.au
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Robb Muirhead
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesIn 2016, the topic of this course is Statistical Decision Theory and Bayesian Statistics.
This course introduces students to the basic elements of statistical decision theory and Bayesian methodology, and the connections between the two. It will include the following topics: Structure of a decision problem, decision rules, expected loss, risk, fundamentals of Bayesian analysis, admissibility of decision rules, minimax analysis, , complete classes of decision rules, Bayesian inference, types of prior distributions, conjugate analysis, predictive distributions and hierarchical Bayesian models.
Pre-requisites: Mathematical Statistics III (STATS 3006) and Statistical Modelling III (STATS 3001), or equivalent knowledge.
On successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate their understanding of advanced principles of statistical decision theory and Bayesian inference;
2. understand the basic elements of a formal decison problem;
3. recognise how to establish optimality properties of decision rules;
4. demontrate understanding of the Bayesian approach to statistical inference and apply Bayesian methods in practice.
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)
All 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
All Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
All Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThere are no required resources for this course.
Recommended ResourcesThere are many books that deal with either Statistical Decision Theory or Bayesian Statistics, or both -- and new ones are published every year. The ones that are most relevant to this particular course will be listed in a handout given out on the first day of classes.
Online LearningThe course will have an active MyUni page.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe lecturer guides the students through the course material in 30 lectures. Students are expected to engage with the material in the lectures. Interaction with the lecturer and discussion of any difficulties that arise during the lecture is encouraged. Fortnightly assignments help students strengthen their understanding of the theory and practical work, and to help them gauge their progress.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Activity Quantity Workload hours
Lectures 30 90
Assignments 5 50
Test 1 16
Learning Activities Summary
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Assessment SummaryAssessment Task Type Weighting Objective assessed
Assignments Formative and summative
Weeks 3,5,7,8,12 20% all
Midsemester 10% 1,2
Examination period 70% all
Assessment Related RequirementsA mark of 50% is required to pass this course.
Assessment DetailAssessment Task Distributed Due Weighting
Assignment 1 Week 1 Week 3 4%
Assignment 2 Week 3 Week 5 4%
Assignment 3 Week 5 Week 7 4%
Assignment 4 Week 7 Week 9 4%
Assignment 5 Week 9 Week 11 4%
Test Midsemester 10%
Final exam Examination period 70%
SubmissionAll assignments must be either handed in to the instructor or placed in the course box. They are due at the end of each odd-numbered week.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M11 (Honours Mark Scheme) Grade Grade reflects following criteria for allocation of grade Reported on Official Transcript Fail A mark between 1-49 F Third Class A mark between 50-59 3 Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A First Class A mark between 80-100 1 Result Pending An interim result RP Continuing Continuing CN
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