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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising 2 one-hour lectures per week and 1 one-hour practice class per week. |
Total Time Commitment: 3 contact hours plus 7 hours private study per week.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||It is recommended that students have completed third year subjects in statistics (equivalent to 620-371  Linear Models and 620-372  Applied Statistical Inference)|
|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 participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.|
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Ian Gordon
|Subject Overview:||This subject is about the application of statistics in real situations. It deals with thinking about data in a broad context; the client consultant relationship; consulting sessions; verbal and written communication skills; organizing the structure of a statistical problem; professional ethics; case studies; teamwork; presentation of results including graphical methods, tables, report writing; project work; supervised consulting; developing models; searching the literature for relevant background material; critical assessment.|
|Objectives:||After completing this subject students should: |
- gain experience in the practical application of statistics especially in communicating and explaining statistical ideas verbally and in writing;
- increase their critical awareness and their statistical thinking and understand basic statistical techniques from a non-statistical perspective;
- explore the nature of statistical consulting and its various dimensions including client behaviour.
|Assessment:||Up to 75 pages of written assignments (100%: five assignments worth 20% equally spaced throughout the semester)|
|Recommended Texts:||Boen, J.R. and Zahn, D.A. (1982) The Human Side of Statistical Consulting. Lifetime Learning Publications. |
Derr, J. (2000) Statistical Consulting: A Guide to Effective Communication. Duxbury Press.
Cabrera J., McDougall A. (2002) Statistical Consulting. Springer.
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
Upon completion of this subject, students should develop the following generic skills:
- Analytical skills including the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in
- The ability to work in a team, through interactions with fellow students
- High level oral presentation skills, in the presentation of well-organized, well-structured, lucid
- Time management and self management.
R05 RM Master of Science - Mathematics and Statistics |
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