Probability & Mathematical Statistics I

Subject MAST90062 (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 2 one-hour lectures per week and 1 one-hour practice class per week.
Total Time Commitment:

3 contact hours and 7 hours provate study per week.


Any third-year subject in statistics or stochastic processes.



Recommended Background Knowledge:

It is recommended that students have completed a third year subject in probability and statistical inference equivalent to the following:

Study Period Commencement:
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Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This subject first reviews the distributions of univariate and multivariate random variables extending the results encountered in previous probability courses. Principles of data reduction including the sufficiency and likelihood principles are discussed along with methods of finding and evaluating estimators and hypothesis tests. Methods of finding interval estimates are given. Decision theory is introduced and Bayes estimators and tests are discussed.


After completing this subject students should gain:

  • an understanding of the theory of statistics and some of its important principles and applications; and
  • 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 three-hour written examination (80%, in the examination period).

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:

Casella, G., Berger, R.L. Statistical inference. 2nd edition. Duxbury (2002)

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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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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