Foundation of Statistics

STA70006 12.5 Credit Points Online


  • One Semester or equivalent

Contact hours

  • Swinburne Online: Fully online

2020 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20


Admission into GD-PSYS Graduate Diploma of Psychology

Aims and objectives

This unit of study enables students to develop the capacity to undertake independent statistical investigations, including the assumptions and limitations of their application. The unit will provide practical skills to allow students to meaningfully interpret the results of various hypothesis tests, as well as to understand probability distributions and sampling methods commonly applied when collecting data.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Specify and evaluate objectives of an investigation in statistical terms
2. Identify the level of measurement of a variable, appropriate sampling methods, and research design of a study
3. Produce and interpret appropriate descriptions and visualisations of data distributions
4. Estimate population parameters (proportions, means) using appropriate statistics and confidence intervals
5. Select and conduct appropriate hypothesis tests for different population parameters (proportions, single sample means, difference of means for matched and independent samples) for theoretical and applied problems in psychology and health
6. Describe the relationships between variables (correlations, crosstabs, relative risk and odds ratios) and test the significance of these relationships
7. Interpret and contextualise the outcomes of data analysis to write concise reports on theoretical and applied problems in psychology and health

Courses with unit

Graduate Diploma of Psychology