Linear Models

Subject 620-371 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures (three per week) and up to 12 practice classes (one per week)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: One of 620-202, 620-270 or 620-272.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their active and safe participation in a subject are encouraged to discuss this with the relevant subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr A Robinson
Subject Overview:

This subject develops problem-solving skills and sharpens analytical skills. Students will work in groups, tackling unfamiliar problems. Each team will plan their project work and deliver oral and written presentations.

This subject introduces the basic theory of the general linear model and explains how linear models are used to analyse data. Students should develop the ability to examine data for common structures and patterns and to formulate linear models in specific practical situations, including univariate normal responses with a combination of explanatory factors. They learn to carry out the necessary computations on the computer, check the assumptions of the model in specific situations, and express the results of modelling in scientifically useful terms. This subject demonstrates the importance of the general linear model in analysing a variety of data and giving useful information about scientific subject matter.

Topics covered include general least squares theory of estimation and hypothesis testing; application to one and two-way classifications; factorial experiments; analysis of covariance; multiple regression; polynomial regression; use of statistical computer packages; nested and crossed factors; fixed and random effects; and multiple and orthogonal contrasts.

Assessment: Up to 40 pages of written assignments due during the semester (15%); a group project during semester with a 30-minute oral presentation and a written report of up to 25 pages (10%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (75%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree only), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Passing 620-371 precludes subsequent credit for 620-270 or 620-272.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Science

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