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(FOSE1015 or STAT170(P) or STAT1170(P) or STAT171 or STAT1371 or STAT150 or STAT1250) and ((HSC Mathematics Band 2 or Extension 1 or Extension 2) or (10cp from FOSE1005 or MATH1000 or MATH1010-MATH1025 or MATH111-MATH339))
This unit consolidates and expands upon the material on probability introduced in statistics units at 100 level. The emphasis is on the understanding of probability concepts and their application. Examples are taken from areas as diverse as biology, medicine, finance, sport, and the social and physical sciences. Topics include: the foundations of probability; probability models and their properties; some commonly used statistical distributions; relationships and association between variables; distribution of functions of random variables and sample statistics; approximations including the central limit theorem; and an introduction to the behaviour of random processes. Simulation is used to demonstrate many of these concepts.
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The tests and the exam must be undertaken at the time indicated in the unit guide or on iLearn. Should these activities be missed due to illness or misadventure, students may apply for special consideration.
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You may submit as often as required prior to the due date/time. The assisgnment must be submitted by 5:00 pm on its due date. Please note that each submission will completely replace any previous submissions. It is in your interests to make frequent submissions of your partially completed work as insurance against technical or other problems near the submission deadline.
LATE SUBMISSION OF WORK: All assessment tasks must be submitted by the official due date and time. Should these assessments be missed due to illness or misadventure, students should apply for special consideration. In the case of a late submission for a non-timed assessment (e.g. an assignment), if special consideration has NOT been granted, a consistent penalty will be applied for the late submission as follows. A 12-hour grace period will be given after which the following deductions will be applied to the awarded assessment mark; 12 to 24 hours late = 10% deduction; for each day thereafter, an additional 10% per day or part thereof will be applied until five days beyond the due date. After this time (including weekends and/or public holidays), a mark of zero (0) will be given. Timed assessment tasks (e.g. test, examination) do not fall under these rules.
FINAL EXAM POLICY: It is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester, that is, the final day of the official examination period. The only excuse for not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these special circumstances, you may apply for special consideration via ask.mq.edu.au.
If you receive special consideration for the final exam, a supplementary exam will be scheduled in the interval between the regular exam period and the start of the next session. By making a special consideration application for the final exam you are declaring yourself available for a resit during this supplementary examination period and will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments. Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application.
|Test 1||15%||No||Week 4|
|Test 2||15%||No||Week 8|
|Final Exam||50%||No||University Examination Period|
Students will be given two weeks to complete the assignment.
Formal invigilated examination testing the learning outcomes of the unit.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
The unit is delivered by lectures (2 hours per week, starting in Week 1) and SGTAs (1 hour per week, starting in Week 2). All teaching material will be available on iLearn.
SGTA exercises will be available from iLearn prior to the SGTA. Students are expected to have attempted these prior to the SGTA. Solutions will be explained, with emphasis on any area students had trouble with. At the end of the week, these solutions will then be placed on iLearn.
Excel, R and Wolfram Alpha will be used in the unit.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
There is no required textbook for this unit. Students may benefit from having access to the following background reference for additional reading and problems:
The following books may also be useful background references:
|1||Experiments, sample spaces, Probability Rules, Permutations and Combinations.|
|2||Conditional Probability. Independence, Bayes’ Theorem.|
|3||Random Variables. Probability Functions, Discrete Probability Distributions, Cumulative Distribution functions, Expected value and Variance. Moments.|
|4||Important Discrete Distributions: Bernoulli, Binomial, Geometric and Poisson.|
|5||Moment generating functions. Discrete Distributions: Negative Binomial and Hypergeometric.|
|6||Introduction to Continuous random variables. Cumulative distribution function.|
|7||Continuous Distributions: Uniform, Exponential.|
|9||Continuous Distributions: Gamma and Beta Distributions. Chebyshev’s Theorem.|
|11||Joint Distributions: Discrete and Continuous cases.|
|12||Introduction to stochastic processes. Markov Chains.|
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Unit information based on version 2022.02 of the Handbook