Foundations of Statistics

STA10003 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students


  • One Semester or equivalent
    This unit will be delivered on-line in Semester 2 2020 

Contact hours

  • 36 hours per semester

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.

2021 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 3

2 Aug 21 - 31 Oct 21

7 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Aug 21

31 Aug 21

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Sep 21

30 Aug 21 - 28 Nov 21

21 Dec 21

Last self enrolment:
12 Sep 21

20 Sep 21

Last withdraw without fail:
15 Oct 21

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HOL Study Period 4

29 Nov 21 - 27 Feb 22

29 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
12 Dec 21

20 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
14 Jan 22

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

8 Nov 21 - 13 Feb 22

8 Mar 22

Last self enrolment:
21 Nov 21

3 Dec 21

Last withdraw without fail:
31 Dec 21




Alternative Tertiary Entry Program: Students who have passed STA00001 are exempted from taking this unit and must select another unit in its place with advice from a Course Advice Specialist. 

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 the 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 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)
6. Describe the relationships between variables (correlations, crosstabs, relative risk and odds ratios) and test the significance of these    relationships
7. Interpret the outcomes of data analysis to write a concise report on findings

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