Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Probability, Sampling and Estimation

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Statistics and Operations Research

DESCRIPTION - Elementary Probability
- Sample space, events and probability of events
- Mutually exclusive and independent events
- Combinatorial Probability
- Bayes’ Theorem
- Random Variables
- Discrete and continuous random variables
- Expectation and Variance
- Discrete Probability Distributions
- Binomial Distribution
- Poisson Distribution
- Geometric Distribution
- Continuous Probability Distributions
- Exponential Distribution
- Normal Distribution
- Basic use of SPSS
- Sampling Techniques
- Sampling Distributions
- Inference through confidence intervals
- Inference through hypothesis testing
- Type I and Type II Errors
- Tests on means, proportions and difference of means of large and small samples
- One Sample T-test
- Paired Samples T-test
- Independent Samples T-test
- Chi Square test
- Pearson Correlation
- One-Way ANOVA

Study-unit Aims:

- Discriminate between two selection methods (with and without replacement) and familiarize with different types of enumeration (multiplication rule, combinations and permutations).
- Describe the properties of probability and use probability theory to solve problems for mutually exclusive events, independent events and conditional events.
- Discriminate between discrete and continuous random variables and compute their expected value and variance.
- Discriminate between different discrete distributions (Binomial, Poisson and Geometric) and use these distributions to calculate the probabilities of discrete-type of random variables.
- Familiarize with different sampling techniques (Random, Systematic, Stratified and Cluster sampling).
- Derive sampling distributions for sample means, proportions, difference of means and difference of proportions.
- Determine sample size and address uncertainty by providing margin of errors.
- Carry out statistical inference using confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.
- Apply statistical tests (One-Sample, Independent Samples, Paired Samples t-tests and One-Way ANOVA test) to compare means between population parameters.
- Apply statistical test (Pearson correlation test) to assess the relationship between two variables having a metric scale.
- Apply statistical test (Chi Squared test) to assess the association between two categorical variables.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Understand the fundamental concepts of enumerative combinatorics (combinations and permutations) and analytic combinatorics (probability theory);
- Familiarize with the concepts of expectation and variation and use these statistical tools to estimate the mean and variance of discrete and continuous random variables;
- Discriminate between different types of discrete and continuous distributions and use these distributions to compute the probabilities of events;
- Understand the difference between sample statistics and population parameters;
- Familiarize with different sampling distributions of sample means, proportions, difference of means and difference of proportions;
- Familiarize with different ways of making statistical inference, mainly by computing confidence intervals and conducting hypothesis tests.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Solve real life problems related to combinatorics and probability;
- Identify the appropriate distribution of specific discrete and continuous variables and use the properties of these distributions to solve probability problems;
- Use computer software, particularly EXCEL and R, to compute the probabilities of events for specific distributions, including the Binomial, Poisson, Geometric, Exponential and Normal distribution;
- Conduct statistical inference about a population parameter using sample statistics;
- Compute confidence interval for population means, proportions, difference of means, difference of proportions, variances and variance ratios;
- Use computer software, particularly SPSS and EXCEL, to conduct statistical test including the One Sample t-test, Independent Samples t-test, Paired Samples t-test, Chi Squared test, Pearson Correlation test and the One-Way ANOVA test.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Freund, J. E. and Miller, I. (1977) Probability and Statistics for Engineers, Prentice Hall Inc.
- Callender, J.T. and Jackson, R. (1996) Exploring Probability and Statistics with Spreadsheets – Prentice Hall Inc.
- Montgomery, D. and Runger, G. (1999) Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers – Second Edition, Wiley.
- Ross, S. M. (1999) Introduction to Probability & Statistics for Engineers – Second Edition, Academic.
- Johnson, R. A. (1994) Miller and Freund’s Probability & Statistics for Engineers – Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall Inc. Int. Paperback Editions.
- Wilson, C. (1972) Applied Statistics for Engineers – First Edition, Applied Science Publishers.
- Ross, Sheldon M. (2005) Introductory Statistics – Second Edition, Academic Press.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualification: Pure or Applied Mathematics at the level requested for entry to Engineering and Technology courses.

Statistics & O.R. study-units for students with 'A' Level Mathematics.

SOR1201 may be taken by Physics students with an intermediate level Pure Maths only if they have completed the study-unit PHY1125 or if they will be following PHY1125 concurrently.

This study-unit is not for students taking Statistics & O.R. as one of the principal subject area.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Open Book Computer-based Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM1 Yes 50%
Open Book Computer-based Examination (1 Hour and 30 Minutes) SEM2 Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Louisa Testa
David Paul Suda

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