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

2020 teaching periods


Higher Ed. Semester 2 HOL Study Period 3

3 Aug 20 - 1 Nov 20

8 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
16 Aug 20

31 Aug 20

31 Aug 20 - 29 Nov 20

22 Dec 20

Last self enrolment:
13 Sep 20

21 Sep 20

More teaching periods
HOL Study Period 4

30 Nov 20 - 28 Feb 21

30 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
13 Dec 20

21 Dec 20

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

27 Nov 20




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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BB-HSCBUS Bachelor of Health Science / Bachelor of Business
BA-PSY Bachelor of Psychological Sciences
BA-PSYS Bachelor of Psychological Sciences [SOL]
BA-BEHP Bachelor of Behavioural Studies [Psychology]
BA-SSCPSY2S Bachelor of Social Science [Psychology] [SOL]
BA-BEHS2 Bachelor of Behavioural Studies
BH-PSY Bachelor of Psychology [Honours]
BH-PSY1 Bachelor of Psychology [Honours] Graduate Entry
BA-CS Bachelor of Computer Science
BA-CSPROF Bachelor of Computer Science [Professional]