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BIOSTATS 6003EX - Probability and Distribution Theory

Career: Postgraduate Coursework
Units: 3
Term: Semester 2
Campus: External
Contact: Online
Restriction: Available to Grad Cert, Grad Dip, M Biostatistics students. Check with School for Non-Award Study.
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: No
Available for Non-Award Study: Check with School
Pre-Requisite: BIOSTATS 6001EX
Assessment: Two written assignments (35%, 35%) and submission of selected practical written exercises from 5 modules (30%)

This course will focus on applying the calculus-based techniques learned in Mathematical Background for Biostatistics to the study of probability and statistical distributions. These two courses, together with the subsequent Principles of Statistical Inference course, will provide the core prerequisite mathematical statistics background required for the study of later courses in the Graduate Diploma or Masters degree. This course begins with the study of probability, random variables, discrete and continuous distributions, and the use of calculus to obtain expressions for parameters of these distributions such as the mean and variance. Joint distributions for multiple random variables are introduced together with the important concepts of independence, correlation and covariance, marginal and conditional distributions. Techniques for determining distributions of transformations of random variables are discussed. The concept of the sampling distribution and standard error of an estimator of a parameter is presented, together with key properties of estimators. Large sample results concerning the properties of estimators are presented with emphasis on the central role of the normal distribution in these results. General approaches to obtaining estimators of parameters are introduced. Numerical simulation and graphing with Stata is used throughout to demonstrate concepts.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 2 Mon 09/08/2021 Wed 18/08/2021 Fri 17/09/2021 Fri 29/10/2021

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Independent Study
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
25673 01EX 20 14 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.