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OLET5608: Linear Modelling

Intensive May, 2023 [Block mode] - Remote

Linear models form the bedrock of many real-world data analyses. They are versatile, interpretable and easily implemented. This unit provides an overview of two of the most common methods of statistical analysis of data: analysis of variance and regression. You will generate data visualisation and diagnostics plots to interpret and discover the limitations of linear models and identify when more complex approaches may be needed. You will learn to code your analyses and perform reproducible research using the open source statistical package R. A key component of this unit involves generating visualisations, estimating and selecting appropriate linear models using your data. By doing this unit you will learn how to generate, interpret, visualise, discover and critique linear models applied to your original research.

Unit details and rules

Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 2
DATA2002 or DATA2902 or ENVX2001
Assumed knowledge

Exploratory data analysis, sampling, simple linear regression, t-tests and confidence intervals. Ability to perform data analytics with coding, basic linear algebra. E.g. DATA1001 and OLET5606 (Data wrangling)

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Mohammad Javad Davoudabadi,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
Online quiz
15% Week 02
Due date: 28 Apr 2023 at 23:59
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
Online quiz
15% Week 03
Due date: 05 May 2023 at 23:59
1 hour
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Presentation Presentation
Oral presentation
30% Week 05
Due date: 18 May 2023 at 15:00
15 minutes
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Final report
Final report
40% Week 06
Due date: 26 May 2023 at 23:59
10 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Assessment summary

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100

Representing complete or close to complete mastery of the material.


75 - 84

Representing excellence, but substantially less than complete mastery.


65 - 74

Representing a creditable performance that goes beyond routine knowledge and understanding, but less than excellence.


50 - 64

Representing at least routine knowledge and understanding over a spectrum of topics and important ideas and concepts in the course.


0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
- When to use a linear model Online class (1 hr) LO1
Estimating a linear model Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Assumption checking and diagnostics Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO4
Categorical predictors Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Interaction terms Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Inference in linear models Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Model selection Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Transformations Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Using linear models for prediction Online class (1 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 04 Drop in help lab Computer laboratory (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 Students deliver their presentations to the class Presentation (2 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 2 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 40-50 hours of student effort in total.

Required readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed through the Reading List link on Canvas.

  • Faraway, Julian James. Linear Models with R. Second edition. Boca Raton: CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. formulate domain/context specific questions and identify appropriate statistical analysis
  • LO2. generate, interpret and compare numerical and graphical summaries of different data types
  • LO3. identify, justify, implement and evaluate appropriate parametric or non-parametric statistical tests for more than two samples
  • LO4. generate, critique and interpret appropriate linear models to predict outcomes and describe relationships between multiple variables.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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