STATS111-21B (HAM)

Statistics for Science

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Department of Mathematics and Statistics


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Paper Description

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This paper provides a first course in Statistics. Topics include the presentation of data, elementary probability calculations, principles of experimental design, estimation, hypothesis testing and regression. This paper is specifically designed for students in the School of Science and therefore, uses Microsoft Excel for data analysis.
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Paper Structure

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Contact Hours: Three lectures, one workshop and one tutorial each week.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper should be able to:

    • organise and summarise data graphically and numerically
    • identify the appropriate technique to use when analysing data within the scope of the techniques covered
    • communicate the results from the analysis by writing a short report.
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  • Generic Skills

    In addition to the discipline-based learning objectives, the paper aims for students to develop their skills in the following:

    • manipulating and analysing data using Microsoft Excel
    • enhancing their problem solving ability
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 50% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Weekly Tutorials
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Test 1
20 Aug 2021
10:00 AM
3. Test 2
15 Oct 2021
10:00 AM
4. Exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Mind on Statistics by Utts & Heckard

Modern Statistics; a graphical introduction By Don McNeil

Elementary Statistics Using Excel by Mario Triola

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Other Resources

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Paper Resources:

The course notes booklet will be available for purchase from Waikato Print. The booklet also contains practical exercises. This booklet is an integral component of the paper and it is highly recommended that students purchase it. Note that additional material may also be covered in class.
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Online Support

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Some material for this paper i.e. tutorial exercises and suggested answers to the practical exercises can be accessed by logging on to Moodle. (

Microsoft Office 365 can be downloaded free for University of Waikato students

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Students should expect to spend a minimum of about 10 hours per week on this paper. This includes the three lecture hours, the one hour workshop and the one tutorial hour mentioned above.

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Prerequisite papers: Admission to the BSc; or MATHS168; or 18 credits at Level 2 in NCEA Mathematics; or 12 credits at Level 3 in Statistics, Calculus or Mathematics.




Restricted papers: STATS121

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