Random Processes

Subject MAST90019 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising one 2-hour lecture per week and one 1-hour practice class per week.
Total Time Commitment:

3 contact hours and 7 hours private study per week.


Both of the following, or equivalent.

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013


Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:


Core Participation Requirements:

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Assoc Prof Aihua Xia

Email: aihuaxia@unimelb.edu.au

Subject Overview:

The subject covers the key aspects of the theory of stochastic processes that plays the central role in modern probability and has numerous applications in natural sciences and in industry. It begins with a discussion of ways to construct and specify random processes, then proceeds to distributional convergence of processes, covers the functional central limit theorem and its counterpart for empirical processes, and finally discusses Levy processes and more general continuous time Markov processes. Applications to modelling random phenomena evolving in time are discussed throughout the course.


After completing this subject students should:

  • gain an understanding of the basic concepts of the theory of stochastic processes;
  • gain an understanding of the fundamental techniques used in the study of random processes;
  • extend their ability to construct mathematical models for real-life situations involving uncertainty and evolving in time;
  • gain the ability to pursue further studies in this and related areas.

Up to 40 pages of written assignments (20%: two assignments worth 10% each, due mid and late in semester), a 3 hour written examination (80%, in the examination period).

Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts:

Grimmett, G.R. and Stirzaker, D.R., Probability and Random Processes. Clarendon Press, Oxford, 2001 (third edition).

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include:

  • problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
  • analytical skills: the ability to construct and express logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
  • collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
  • time-management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments.
Related Course(s): Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Science (Mathematics and Statistics)
Ph.D.- Engineering
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Mathematics and Statistics

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