Unit convenor and teaching staff 
Unit convenor and teaching staff
LecturerinCharge
Ms Suzanne Curtis
Contact via email or iLearn
Office location: E7A TBA
Consultation hours: TBA
Other teaching staff
Tutors


Credit points 
Credit points
3

Prerequisites 
Prerequisites
(HSC Mathematics Extension 1 or Extension 2) or (3cp from MATH130MATH136(P)) or admission to BActStud

Corequisites 
Corequisites

Cobadged status 
Cobadged status

Unit description 
Unit description
This unit is intended for students with a high level of proficiency in mathematics. The unit provides an introduction to modern statistical principles and practice with special emphasis on data analytical techniques. The aim of the unit is to promote an understanding of the principles involved in statistical analysis and the analysis of simple data sets using elementary techniques. Data analysis will be carried out using the statistical package Minitab. The unit includes topics such as basic probability and random variables; data summarisation and display; data quality; and probability models for data including the normal, Poisson, binomial and sampling distributions and their important properties. Statistical inference techniques are considered such as estimates and their accuracy; tests of means; proportions and other characteristics; regression and correlation; and an introduction to the analysis of count data.

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/
Maths Background Quiz: This is a set of questions (pdf format) to allow students to assess whether they have sufficient mathematics in their background for STAT171. Students are to attempt the quiz in their own time and mark it using the supplied solutions. Only students intending to do an Actuarial Studies degree or who are in the Advanced Mathematics intake have STAT171 as an essential unit. For all other students either STAT170 (for general students) or STAT150 (for Faculty of Business and Economics students) is equivalent in terms of prerequisites.
Web quizzes are accessed via the WebAssign website: These online quizzes are due at approximately weekly intervals. All students will be able to access the online quizzes from week 3 of teaching. These are related to the text book, to which students are strongly recommended to have access. The questions have been selected to reinforce material introduced in lectures and to give students practice. They are set at two levels with identical questions (but randomly generated numeric components are used):
Tests One and Two: These will be of 45 minute duration during a lecture time. For each test you may take in one A4 page (written on one or both sides) of summary notes into the tests. All statistical tables will be supplied. Further information will be supplied in the week prior to each test.
Assignments: These will be made available at least one week prior to the due date. Information regarding submission will be specified on each assignment. Late assignments will receive zero marks unless approved under the disruption to studies policy.
Disruption to Studies (final examination): If you notify the University of your disruption to studies for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the week of July 24 – 28, 2017. If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date.
Name  Weighting  Hurdle  Due 

Web Quizzes  10%  No  Weekly from week 4 
Assignment One  5%  No  Week 4 
Assignment Two  5%  No  Week 12 
Test One  10%  No  Week 6 
Test Two  10%  No  Week 11 
Exam  60%  No  University exam period 
Due: Weekly from week 4
Weighting: 10%
There are eleven quizzes, due at approximately weekly intervals. The 10 best marks are used and count 1% each in the assessment.
Due: Week 4
Weighting: 5%
Covers Topics 1 and 2.
Due: Week 12
Weighting: 5%
Covers all Topics so far.
Due: Week 6
Weighting: 10%
Covers Topics 1, 2 and 3.
Due: Week 11
Weighting: 10%
Covers Topics 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Due: University exam period
Weighting: 60%
A formal examination held during the University's examination period. You may take two A4 pages (written on one or both sides) of summary notes into the exam. Only nonprogrammable calculators with no text retrieval may be used.
Lectures
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 "popups" 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 Echo360 facility in iLearn.
Tutorials
In 2017, optional tutorials in 100level 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:
Calculators
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 midsession 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.
Textbook
"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 Coop bookshop on campus as either Print ($169.95 or member $158.05) or in ebook format ($82.95 or member $78.80). It is exceedingly useful as a source of supplementary material. The online 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 20102014) 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
Topics covered:
1. 
Sample Descriptives Visual and numerical summaries for both categorical and measured variables (univariate and bivariate). The effects of linear transforms on numeric summary statistics. 
2. 
Probability Basic probability concepts and applications: events, sets, joint probability, conditional probability, independence and Bayes' Theorem. 
3. 
Discrete random variables Evaluation of general expectation and variance. Properties of sums of random variables. Specific distributions covered: Bernoulli, Binomial, Poisson, Geometric, Negative Binomial and Hypergeometric. Poisson approximation to the binomial distribution. 
4. 
Continuous random variables Evaluation of general expectation and variance (using calculus). Specific distributions covered: uniform (standard and nonstandard), polynomial based probability distributions and the normal distribution (standard and nonstandard). 
5. 
Sampling distributions Distributions of sample statistics: the sample mean and total. Mean and variance of linear transforms of a random variable. The Central Limit Theorem, including normal approximation for continuous and discrete random variables, with particular applications to the Binomial, Poisson and Negative Binomial distributions (with continuity correction). 
6. 
Introduction to inference The scientific method, with particular application to hypothesis testing for a single population mean (onesample ztest). Type I and Type II errors. Confidence interval, sample size and power. 
7. 
Inference for one population mean Application of the onesample ttest and confidence interval. Investigating normality, particularly normal scores plots. 
8. 
Inference for two population means The twosample ttest (and evaluate confidence intervals) for the difference in two population means. The "modified" twosample ttest. Basics of experimental design, with particular application to the paired ttest. 
9. 
Inference for proportions Largesample inference procedures regarding proportions (for one and two populations). Hypothesis testing, confidence intervals and sample size requirements. 
10. 
Correlation and Regression Correlation for two measured variables. The difference between correlation and causation. Simple linear regression, including estimation and inference for the coefficients, the mean function and prediction intervals. Assumption diagnostics. 
11. 
Categorical Data Analysis Inference for categorical data, including goodness of fit tests, independence tests for contingency tables, pooling of variable levels. 
Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:
Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html
Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html
Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html
Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html
Disruption to Studies Policy (in effect until Dec 4th, 2017): http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html
Special Consideration Policy (in effect from Dec 4th, 2017): https://staff.mq.edu.au/work/strategyplanningandgovernance/universitypoliciesandprocedures/policies/specialconsideration
In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.
Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/
Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.
Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/
Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.
Please note that the University Numeracy Centre (C5A225) can be of assistance with general background mathematics issues, and may be able to assist with some STAT171 content. For assistance with specific STAT171 issues, please use the STAT171 staff consultation hours. These will be posted in iLearn as soon as possible.
For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au
Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.
For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/.
When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.
This website is also available via the Macquarie home page and clicking on “Students” then “OneHelp – IT Help”. You have the choice of:
* lodging a One Help ticket;
* obtaining assistance over the phone (98504357);
* in person at the Helpdesk in C5C244.
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13/02/2017  Added to the "Assessment Tasks" section (as per FSE request): "If you notify the University of your disruption to studies for your final examination, you must make yourself available for the week of July 24 – 28, 2017. If you are not available at that time, there is no guarantee an additional examination time will be offered. Specific examination dates and times will be determined at a later date." 