Statistics for Science
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We weren't given feedback on our weekly labs and our test which made it hard to know where to improve so I just kept making the same mistakes. We also weren't given a practice exam so knowing what to study and how much you needed to know was also hard. Tough unit.
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS UNIT! The unit is very disjointed in its structure and definitely needs to be remodelled to give future students a fairer chance. Probability, which arguably is used throughout the course, is only taught in the last 2 weeks - making it extremely unfair to any student who didn't choose maths methods. The lecturer is incredibly boring and can be hard to follow along. MyStatLab assessments were far from fair, often not covering lecture material, and so it was assumed that you did textbook readings (you would be surprised how much they asked that was never addressed in lectures!). As said below, they actually included content from future lectures in one assessment, which caused everyone to score incredibly low, and didn't do anything to correct that or make a fair compromise. Concepts are moderately difficult, but if you look at other resources you can get a much better understanding compared to the lecture content. The demonstrators in the lab were ok, some of them better than others, but often found they didn't have the (correct) answers to my questions. Only good thing I would say is that in the lab assessments you can work with friends, but in the test they will request that you don't sit next to them (not sure why, thought that was a bit weird). Labs also don't usually take the entire length of time, some of it can be done prior to the class starting (labs are always open), so that once the assessment opens at 12pm you can do it and leave. Overall, would try to steer clear of this unit unless they make some major modifications.
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019
Actually quite an interesting unit if you can keep up with the content. While there's a lot of maths involved, most of it is understandable if you properly follow what they are saying. Methods isn't actually super helpful in terms of understanding harder content. It just requires a bit more thought. Some lectures finish early too. The bad part: the later MyStatLabs are insanely hard. Number 4 included content from FUTURE lectures. All they decided to tell us on LMS was "oh whoops sorry". Thankfully my mate did methods and there was a bit of content overlap. Funny thing about the unit as well is that the content gets exponentially harder by the week. In week one we were learning about mean, median and modes, and simple probability etc. and then in a few weeks they started talking about ANOVA. The test isn't worth much but it only seems to be based on one specific topic. The labs are great though. They are quite interesting and can be easily worked through provided you have watched the previous week's lectures. Just keep in mind that there are 3 lectures a week. Plus the helpers are really friendly and helpful. The best part of all is the entirely multi-choice exam.
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2019
A lot of content to learn but the continuous assessment structure makes it slightly easier to remember. It can be difficult if you haven't done Methods or Specialist in Year 12. The lecturer seems to rush through content and could explain the content better. However, if you keep up to date with the youtube lecture videos and do your own study it can be manageable.
Anonymous, Semester 1, 2018
it's a fairly easy unit to do if you're above average at maths. there is a lot of things to learn but if you do all the prac questions you'll be fine. the lecturer isn't very good at explaining and you might need to look up things but overall it's very useful for the science majors
Anonymous, Semester 2, 2017
if keep up with the lectures, this is a pretty simple unit that is easy to get a HD in. The lecturer, Kev, is an absolute legend. He's really good at explaining things and is entertaining. The content is pretty straight forward and a lot of the components relate to each other so really understanding one will make related content easy to learn. The labs can be difficult - really need to know the content before going in but the tutors are really helpful and normally will give you the answers but also explain them. You really don't need the full 2 hours for the lab and you can leave early. The online quizzes are good but some of the questions are irrelevant when it comes to the mid sem and final exams. Final exam was 50 multiple choice which wasn't too difficult but they don't normally release past exams. Mid sem was probably harder but it was done during lab time. tdlr; this is a really informative and awesome unit to have for a science major and as long as you put effort you'll definitely pass and possibly get HD.