STATS 240 : Design and Structured Data
2022 Semester Two (1225) (15 POINTS)
STATS 240 covers two of the most important types of statistical research study: the survey and the designed experiment. STATS 240 is recommended for anyone doing a major in Statistics, but is also useful for undergraduate students from other majors in Science, Engineering, and Commerce who are interested in sample surveys or designed experiments. The characteristics of a well-designed survey, as well as practical considerations and administrative issues are discussed. Different sampling methods (stratified, cluster, multistage) are introduced and their strengths and weaknesses explored. The proper analysis of data from surveys based on the sampling design and making valid inferences about a population using this analysis is emphasized. The underlying fundamental principles (replication, randomisation and blocking) of statistical experimental design are explained and their importance discussed. The concepts of block structure and treatment structure of an experiment are introduced. The characteristics and proper analysis (using the appropriate data model) of the most common types of designs (completely randomised, random complete block, balanced incomplete block, split plot) are explored in detail with an emphasis on making valid inferences about the system being studied.
Capabilities Developed in this Course
|Capability 1:||Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice|
|Capability 2:||Critical Thinking|
|Capability 3:||Solution Seeking|
|Capability 4:||Communication and Engagement|
|Capability 6:||Social and Environmental Responsibilities|
- Communicate effectively the findings from the analysis of data from a designed experiment (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Describe the three fundamental principles of experimental design and explain why each is important (Capability 1 and 4)
- Analyse data from a designed experiment and interpret the results (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Create graphs that effectively communicate the results of a statistical analysis (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
- Identify , programme, and describe complex survey designs (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Undertake , analyse and interpret survey data (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 4)
- Explain the considerations when making decisions about sampling design (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Describe the impact of survey conduct on data quality and the accuracy of results (Capability 1, 2 and 4)
- Describe the principles underlying ethical research (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 6)
|Final Exam||55%||Individual Examination|
|Online Test||15%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
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