STAT101-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Statistics 1

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


An introduction to the ideas, techniques and applications of statistics and probability.

An introduction to the ideas, techniques and applications of statistics and probability. The emphasis is on applying statistics to problems, selecting sensible techniques, following the methodology and interpreting the results. Understanding the concepts and computer-based solutions are emphasised and applications to commerce, the social sciences, the humanities, science and engineering are considered.

Particular topics include data analysis, summary statistics, probability, statistical distributions, estimation and inference (including confidence intervals, hypothesis tests and modelling).

All materials and organisational details will be available through Learn.  

STAT101 has 34% of assessment allocated to supervised computer-based skills tests and on-line learning modules available in Learn. Weekly participation is monitored using Learn and the skills tests are based on the on-line tutorial questions.
As this is a 15 point course students should expect to spend about 150 hours on the course (NZQA guidelines), which comes to 10 hours per week for a 12 week semester on average. If you do this, records show you are most likely to pass the course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to:

  • understand a range of basic statistical concepts in
       - data analysis: uncertainty, variation, summary statistics;
       - probability: meaning of probability, sets, events and distributions;
       - estimation: samples, populations, parameters, estimates and uncertainty;
       - inference: hypotheses, tests, test statistics, test interpretations.

  • perform and interpret a range of basic statistical procedures in
       - data analysis: summary statistics and graphics;
       - probability: calculations and identification/application of distributions;
       - estimation: estimation of parameters and confidence intervals;
       - inference: hypothesis tests and model building.

  • use Excel in performing statistical calculations and producing diagrams;
  • identify applications of statistics in other university subjects.


STAT111, STAT112, DIGI103

Equivalent Courses

STAT111, STAT112, DIGI103

Timetable Note

Contact hours
24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of examples classes, 12 hours of tutorials.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Hilary Seddon

Course Administrator

Mark Hooper


Jenny Harlow , Cameron Bell and Mark Hooper


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Skills Tests 19%
Assignments 16%
Online Tutorials 12%
Mid-Term Review Quiz 3%
Final Examination 50%

To obtain a clear pass (≥ C-), you must obtain at least 50% overall and at least  40% in the final examination.

Please see the STAT101 home page for the Course Outline to provide further details of the assessment.

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Black, Asafu-Adjaye, Khan, Perera, Edwards, and Harris; Australasian Business Statistics; Wiley, 2007 (Especially for business students).

Macgillivray, Utts and Heckard; Mind on Statistics Australian & New Zealand; 2nd Edition; Cengage Learning (General reading).

Triola; Elementary Statistics Using Excel; Pearson, 2010 (General reading).

Wild and Seber; Chance Encounters; Wiley, 2000 (For general Interest).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $780.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Mathematics and Statistics.

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