There are three lectures per week. Students should bring to each lecture a copy of the pdf file of the lecture slides on which to make notes - these will be made available on iLearn in advance of each topic. Some "pop-ups" will be presented in the lectures which are not available in advance. All lectures will have an audio and visual recording made, accessible by students via the Echo-360 facility in iLearn.
In 2017, optional tutorials in 100-level units have been scheduled for week 1. These are "casual" sessions designed to enable students to get to know their tutors, and mingle in a non formal setting. Further information will be made available in the first lecture in week 1.
Formal tutorials in STAT171 will begin in the second week of classes. Students are required to attend one tutorial per week as allocated at enrolment. It is strongly recommended that you attend your tutorial each week. You may only attend the tutorial to which you have been assigned. The tutorial exercises will be available on iLearn by the end of the previous week and will consist of:
- questions which should have been attempted prior to the tutorial - solutions will be discussed;
- questions denoted (**) indicating “difficult”;
- “discussion” question(s) for consideration during the tutorials (not available in advance);
- selected exercises from the textbook and other questions which will normally not be discussed during the tutorial, but a fully worked solution will be made available on iLearn at the end of each week.
Each student will need a small calculator, preferably one that does simple statistical calculations (it should have at least mean and standard deviation capability). You should bring it to all tutorials. A calculator will also be needed for the mid-session tests and the final examination. You will not be permitted to use a programmable calculator or one with a full alpha character set in any examination.
"Introduction to Probability and Statistics" Edition 14 (2013) ISBN 9781133103752 (Cengage Learning) William Mendenhall, Robert J. Beaver, Barbara M. Beaver
This is the prescribed text book for STAT171, and is available from the Co-op bookshop on campus as either Print ($169.95 or member $158.05) or in e-book format ($82.95 or member $78.80). It is exceedingly useful as a source of supplementary material. The on-line quizzes are based on this book.
Other References (Note that many of the older editions of the listed books are also useful references).
Previous editions of the text book QA276.M425/2009
Johnson, Richard A. and Bhattacharyya Gouri K. (Ed 7, 2014) 'Statistics: Principles and Methods'
McClave, J. and Sincich, T. 'Statistics' (Ed12). (This was the text book from 2010-2014) QA276.12 .M4 2009
Ryan, B.F. & Joiner, B.L., ‘Minitab Handbook’, (Ed 4) QA276.4.R9/2001
Devore, Jay L. ‘Probability and Statistics for Engineering and the Sciences’ (Ed 4) QA273.D46/1995
Devore, Jay L. ‘Statistics: the exploration and analysis of data’ (Ed 5) QA273.D48 2005
Moore D.S. & McCabe G.P., ‘Introduction to the Practice of Statistics’ (Ed 5) QA276.12.M65 2006
Griffiths D. et al, (1998) ‘Understanding Data - Principles and Practice of Statistics’ QA276.G75
Mendenhall, W. & Ott, L., ‘Understanding Statistics’ (Ed 3) QA276.12.M46/1980
Hamilton, Lawrence C. ‘Modern Data Analysis: a first course in applied statistics’ QA276.12.H355/1990
Clarke, G.M. & Cooke D. ‘A Basic Course in Statistics’ (Ed 5) QA276.12.C57 2004
Koopmans L.H., ‘Introduction to Contemporary Statistical Methods’, (Ed 2) QA276.K65/1987
Chatfield, C., ‘Statistics for technology: a course in applied statistics’ (Ed 3) TA340.C45/1983
Huntsberger D.V. & Billingsley, P., ‘Elements of Statistical Inference’, (Ed 6) QA276.12 .H86/1987
Agresti, A. & Franklin, C. ‘Statistics: the art and science of learning from data’ QA276.12 .A37 2009
Computing and Software
Students will regularly need access to a computer with internet access. There are 160 computers available in rooms C5C 218 and 219 on the ground floor of Building C5C (Student Computing Labs). The Help Desk is close by (C5C 244) for assistance with any IT problems. There are some student computers available also in the Student Connect area of MUSE. You can also access any of the 200 computers in the Library (C3C), Levels 1 and 2. Please see the website below for further information such as opening hours and conditions of use: http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/
The following software will be used in STAT171:
Minitab (Version 17, although Version 16 is fine): Macquarie University has a license agreement with Minitab which allows students to download a version of Minitab for their computer. Information and instructions for downloading are available from the student portal: https://my.mq.edu.au/ . Click on “Software Downloads” and select “Minitab”. - NOTE: you will need to download the license file as well as the Minitab software. "Minitab Express" is available for users of Macintosh computers. See the separate document available on iLearn for detailed download instructions.
Web quizzes accessed via the WebAssign website: Basic internet access is needed for these. All students will be automatically registered for these in week 3.
Changes from previous delivery
- The sub-topic on odds ratios is no longer covered (as of 2014).
- The Topic on sample size and power has been combined with the topic on introduction to statistical inference.
- The text book (and web-quiz software) has been changed as from 2016.