Skip to Content

Introductory Statistics - STAT170

This unit provides a broad introduction to statistical concepts and data analysis techniques, providing basic statistical knowledge. The unit is concerned with the development of an understanding of statistical practice and is illustrated by a study of those techniques most commonly used in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The aim of statistical practice is to make the scientific research process efficient; for this reason statistics is used in disciplines ranging from accountancy to zoology.

Topics covered in this unit include: data collection methods; data quality; data summarisation; and statistical models like the normal distribution, followed by sampling distributions and statistical inferences about means, proportions and quantiles. Also studied are methods of analysis relating to comparisons, counted data and relationships, including regression and correlation.

Statistical computer packages are used for handling and analysing data along with word processing for reporting the results. However, no prior computing knowledge is assumed.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 External - Session 1, External (On-campus dates: None)

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Ms Anne Karpin, Dr Maurizio Manuguerra



NCCW(s): PSY122, STAT122, STAT171, STAT150, WSTA150
Unit Designation(s):



Medical Sciences


Unit Type: Planet unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Statistics

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
Need help? Ask us.