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BSTA5100: Mathematics Foundations of Biostatistics (MFB)

2024 unit information

This unit aims to develop and apply calculus and other mathematically-based techniques to the study of probability and statistical distributions. This unit covers the foundational mathematical methods and probability distribution concepts necessary for an in depth understanding of biostatistical methods. The unit commences with an introduction to mathematical expressions, followed by the fundamental calculus techniques of differentiation and integration, and essential elements of matrix algebra. The concepts and rules of probability are then introduced, followed by the application of the calculus methods covered earlier in the unit to calculate fundamental quantities of probability distributions, such as mean and variance. Random variables, their meaning and use in biostatistical applications is presented, together with the role of numerical simulation as a tool to demonstrate the properties of random variables.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Public Health

Code BSTA5100
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Manipulate general mathematical expressions and inequalities
  • LO2. Understand and apply the essential elements of calculus, including differentiation and integration
  • LO3. Manipulate and evaluate matrix expressions and calculate inverses of matrices
  • LO4. Demonstrate an understanding of the meaning and laws of probability
  • LO5. Recognise common probability distributions and their properties
  • LO6. Apply calculus-based tools to derive key features of a probability distribution and properties of random variables, such as mean and variance
  • LO7. Demonstrate skills in simulation of random variables to illustrate and explain statistical concepts

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2024
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 1 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2023
Online Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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