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What will I study?

The Statistics major offers students an in-depth knowledge of modern statistics, with a comprehensive treatment of both theory and applications. The Statistics and Probability group responsible for the statistics curriculum is the leading provider of statistical education in Queensland and is recognised internationally for its active and dynamic research programs across a wide range of areas of statistics and probability.

The Statistics major provides a unique opportunity to not only learn state-of-the art statistical techniques and software, but, just as importantly, to gain a clear understanding of the modern statistical and probabilistic theory behind the methods.

Because of the essential role of statistics in science, the Statistics Major can be combined with any of the other majors in the BSc to provide breadth and depth of skills.

The Statistics major will develop a wide range of skills, including: 

  • Probabilistic reasoning and problem solving;
  • Statistical modelling of analysis;
  • Optimal design of statistical experiments;
  • Advanced data exploration and visualisation;
  • Application of statistical software;
  • Development of statistical algorithms; and
  • Report writing and presentation.

In addition to written assignments and exams (problem solving), the assessment will sometimes include statistical research projects, report writing and practical exams.

1st Year Study Planner

What do the different requirements mean?

  • Compulsory for program – all BSc students must complete this course
  • Prerequisite for major – course required for this major
  • Recommended – other science course which complements the major, but can be substituted for an elective
  • Elective - choose a Level 1 course that interests you
Year 1-Semester 1
Course Code & Title Requirements
MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I1,3
OR
MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I3
Prerequisite for major
SCIE1000 Theory & Practice in Science Recommended
MATH1061 Discrete Mathematics Recommended
Elective Elective

 

Year 1- Semester 2
Course Code & Title Requirements
STAT1201 Analysis of Scientific Data Compulsory for major
MATH1052 Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations3
OR
MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations3
Prerequisite for major
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

1. Students without at least a Sound Achievement in Senior Maths C are required to take MATH1050 as an elective before MATH1051.
2. MATH1050 is not available for students with a High Achievement or higher in Senior Maths C. MATH1050 is not available to students who have passed MATH1051 and/or MATH1071 and/or MATH1052 and/or MATH1072.
3. Students with a high achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 6 or 7 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1071, MATH1072 and MATH2401.  Students with a sound achievement in Senior Maths C (or a 4 or 5 in MATH1050) should take the sequence MATH1051, MATH1052 and MATH2400.

 

Year 2 to 3 Study Planner

Statistics is available as a Single Major. You are required to complete #14 (#6 at Level 2 and #8 at Level 3) from the Statistics course list. The following are suggested study plans for this major and should be used as a guide to planning your program.

Please refer to the course list to ensure you complete the major requirements.
What do the different columns mean?

  • Sem - Semester
  • Compulsory courses – compulsory for the major.
  • Key courses – electives from the major's course list.
  • Recommended courses – complements the major.

 

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Statistics (Single Major) - Computational Statistics

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II1

STAT2003 Probability & Statistics
  CSSE2002 Programming in the Large
2 STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & Analysis   COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 STAT3001 Mathematical Statistics

STAT3003 Experimental Design
  MATH3090 Financial Mathematics

MATH3302 Coding & Cryptography
2 STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes

STAT3500 Modern Statistics
  STAT3306 Statistical Analysis of Genetic Data

1. This course is available in semester 1 and 2.

 

 


Statistics (Single Major) - Financial Statistics

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II1

STAT2003 Probability & Statistics
   
2 STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & Analysis   COSC2500 Numerical Methods in Computational Science

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 STAT3001 Mathematical Statistics

STAT3003 Experimental Design
  MATH3090 Financial Mathematics

MATH3202 Operations Research
2 STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes

STAT3500 Modern Statistics
   

1. This course is available in semester 1 and 2.


 

Statistics (Single Major) - Theoretical Statistics

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II1

STAT2003 Probability & Statistics
  MATH2400 Mathematical Analysis
2 STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & Analysis   MATH2302 Discrete Mathematics II

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 STAT3001 Mathematical Statistics

STAT3003 Experimental Design
  MATH3401 Complex Analysis

MATH3402 Functional Analysis
2 STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes

STAT3500 Modern Statistics
   

1. This course is available in semester 1 and 2.


 

Statistics (Single Major) - Biostatistics

 

Year 2
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II1

STAT2003 Probability & Statistics
  SCIE2100 Intro to Bioinfomatics
2 STAT2004 Statistical Modelling & Analysis   BIOL2202 Genetics

 

Year 3
Sem Compulsory Courses
Complete all courses
Key Courses Recommended Courses
1 STAT3001 Mathematical Statistics

STAT3003 Experimental Design
  BIOL3004 Genomics & Bioinformatics

MATH3104 Mathematical Biology
2 STAT3004 Probability Models & Stochastic Processes

STAT3500 Modern Statistics
  STAT3306 Statistical Analysis of Genetic Data

1. This course is available in semester 1 and 2.


 

 

 

Careers in Statistics

Students majoring in statistics are in very high demand in business, industry, research and government. In business and industry, statisticians are involved in quality control, reliability, product development and improvement, plus delivery and marketing processes. Statisticians may also manage assets and liabilities, determining the risks and returns of certain investments. Statisticians are employed by nearly every government department and in many scientific, medical, environmental, defence and agricultural agencies. Business firms rely on staff with a background in statistics to help forecast sales, analyse business conditions, and solve managerial problems.

The Statistics Major will offer a general but also deep understanding of statistics that will provide you with a broad entry point into a future career using statistics. When you complete your Statistics Major you will not only have a thorough understanding of how to apply various statistical techniques in a wide range of situations – you will also have the knowledge to modify the statistical approach when encountering a statistical problem that does not fit the regular framework. This is a highly attractive feature to future employees.

 

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