Undergraduate Study

MATH1005 Statistics

General Information

MATH1005 is a Junior (or first-year) unit forming part of the Mainstream Mathematics stream.

Note that students wishing to study junior level statistics may choose MATH1005 or the first semester unit MATH1015 Biostatistics, which has a similar syllabus.

  • Credit point value: 3CP.
  • Classes per week: Two lectures and one tutorial.
  • Lecturer(s) in 2017: Ray Kawai, Di Warren .
  • Email contact address:
    Students: please check if your question can be answered by referring to the FAQ page before emailing us. If you decide to email us please include your name and SID.

Students have the right to appeal any academic decision made by the School or Faculty. For further information, see the Science Faculty web site.

You may also view the description of MATH1005 in the University's course search database.

Information sheet for MATH1005

All students should read the information sheet. The information includes (for example) details of the assessment procedure, including dates of assessment tasks.

Answers to frequently asked questions

See the main junior mathematics page for information relating to all junior mathematics units, and see in particular the Junior Maths FAQ page.

Why Study Statistics?

Statistical Literacy is vitally important in a global rich world. It is essential for evidence based reasoning and so will prepare you for whatever discipline area you major in, whether education, psychology, engineering, medical research, business or public policy.

Online Resources

WeekLecture NotesTutorial LabsRevision (Self Study)Assessment
Overview LectureNotes
1 Topic1 Intro to R**
2 Topic2 Topic1 WebQuiz1*
3 Topic3 Topic2 WebQuiz2
4 Topic4 Examples Topic3s** WebQuiz3 Report1 (10%)
5 Topic5 Bin Hyper Topic4 WebQuiz4 Quiz1 (5%)
6 Topic6 Normal Topic5 WebQuiz5
7 Topic7 Topic6 WebQuiz6
8 Topic8 Topic9 Topic7 WebQuiz7 Report2 (5%)
9 Topic10 Topic8
10 Topic9 WebQuiz8 Quiz2 (5%)
11 Topic11 Topic10 WebQuiz9 WebQuiz10
12 Topic12 Topic11 WebQuiz12 Report3 (5%)
13 Revision Topic12 WebQuiz11 Quiz3 (5%)

Ed Discussion Board Ed
Reports ReportsOverview Report1Instructions ChoosingSummaries Template.docx Report2Instructions Template.docx Report3Instructions Article1 Article2
OnlineQuizzes Link to Online Quizzes Check Results QuizzesOverview Sample1 Solutions Sample2 Solution Sample3 Solution
Consultations Maths Learning Centre

Data DataRepository
R and R Studio SummaryRCommands DownloadR DownloadRStudio
Lecture Resources ExamplesRGraphs App_WorldUnemployment App_Shakespeare App_USADemographics 2016 Australian Census PerciDiaconisVideo1 PerciDiaconisVideo2 TedTalkCards CoinTossSimulation NYTimes100m USydRio2016 PredictingMedalsRio PredictingMedalsRio(Article) Spurious Correlations App_Regression TheCode ChiSqOverview BinomialEg M&Ms AirPollutionAustralia AQIIndexAustralia TuteLinks
General Resources StatsTables (Exam) StatsTables (Full) Formulae Calculator
Exam Preparation ExamOverview Cover 2013Q 2013s 2012Q 2012s 2011Q 2011s 2010Q 2010s MCQ MCQs
Class Reps They will meet shortly with the Head of School. We would like to know what you like about the unit and where things can be improved. If you have any issues you would like discussed, please email your representatives and let them know your views.
USS Survey USSSurvey

* Note the Web Quizzes use an older convention of thresholds. Follow the lecture notes: UT = Q3+ 1.5*IQR.
** These are Self Study tutorials.

The teaching material appearing on this web site is intended for the use of enrolled students of the University of Sydney, and (unless otherwise specified) the University of Sydney holds copyright. Any other person or institution wishing to use any of this material must contact the university to make appropriate arrangements.

Useful Links

  • Self-test web quizzes:
    Test your understanding of the topics by trying the quizzes for MATH1005 regularly as the semester progresses.
  • Handbook:
    Every student should have a copy of the Junior Mathematics and Statistics Handbook.
  • Examination Timetable:
    For general information on examinations, including the end of semester examination timetable, see the University's Examination Information web site.
  • The Faculty Handbook entry:
    The description of MATH1005 in the central units of study database.