This online Foundations of Statistics unit is designed to guide you through statistical investigations, and is a great way to learn how to work with big sets of data and statistical information.
Delivered by Open Universities Australia and Swinburne University, the unit responds to the growing need for students and professionals to analyse data and draw out conclusions and stories from the numbers.
The unit will teach you to gather data and carry out your own independent investigations, drawing your attention to the assumptions and limitations involved in statistical enquiries.
You’ll also be trained to identify research questions, determine appropriate research parameters and analyse the data using the statistical package SPSS for Windows to interpret and report on your findings.
With the exponential growth in data collection, this unit is a must for accountants, data journalists and even marketing professionals.
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You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following unit because it is considered an academic equivalent:
Foundations of Statistics
Areas of study
In this foundations of statistics unit, the topics you will study include:
Critical thinking in statistics
Reporting information about a single variable
The theory behind significance testing
Inferential statistics: reporting on the relationship between pairs of variables (t-tests, Pearson’s correlation and the chi-square statistic)
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
This unit is a great way to familiarise yourself with working with large sets of data and statistics – a skillset that is important to everyone from students studying social sciences through to data journalists and accountants.
By studying this unit, you’ll learn how to:
Further develop and apply your analytical, problem solving and communication skills
Effectively tackle new and unfamiliar problems
Improve your ability to work independently
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Foundations of Statistics from Swinburne University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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