The Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) program has been developed for graduates in the humanities, social sciences and health sciences who require statistics in their job, but is also useful for graduates from other fields who require further education and training in applied statistics.
The program concentrates on practical skills and enables participants to broaden their theoretical and practical knowledge of the basic areas of statistics. In particular it builds proficiency in the SAS software package as well as SPSS. It provides students with experience in analysing multivariate data sets and also complex sample data.
This is a restricted program. Enrolment is only available to students who have been accepted into this program.
Open Universities courses are offered in specific study intakes every year, known as Study Periods or Sessions. This means more flexibility as you can choose when to start studying.
If you are studying undergraduate units you can start at the beginning of any of the four Study Periods each year, each lasting 13 weeks. Most postgraduate courses are offered in three Sessions per year, with each Session lasting 14 weeks.
Exams are usually held in the week following the end of each Study Period or Session.
Areas of study
As part of the program you will study units in the following areas:
Statistical practice 1
Statistical practice 2
Basic statistical computing
Further statistical computing
If you choose not to study the entire Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) program you may be able to complete an alternative program. This is beneficial for students who need to develop a specialisation or prefer not to commit to the whole study period.
Depending on the units studied, you can exit with a Graduate Certificate of Science (Applied Statistics).
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As a student of the Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) course you will gain an understanding of the need for, and methods of, acquiring good data, as well as an appreciation for the role of statistical analysis in revealing underlying relationships and behaviours in business and society.
On completion of this course you will have developed quantitative skills in areas such as exploratory data analysis, estimation and hypothesis testing, and forecasting to enhance your employment opportunities in many industries.
The demand for applied statisticians continues to grow as data production grows in all areas of the economy. Graduates of this program may find employment in marketing, government agencies, market research, education, medical and biological sciences, town planning, social research, insurance, banking or medical research.
How else will I benefit from this graduate diploma?
Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Statistics) degree from Swinburne University, as if you had studied on campus.
Flexible study: studying by correspondence means you study on your terms – at a time and place that suits you.
Government financial support available through FEE-HELP.
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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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