MATH1015 is a Junior (or first-year) unit forming part of the fundamental Mathematics stream.
Note that students wishing to study junior level statistics may choose MATH1015 or the second semester unit MATH1005, which has a similar syllabus.
- Credit point value: 3CP.
- Classes per week: Two lectures and one tutorial.
- Lecturer(s) in 2014: Shelton Peiris.
- 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.
You may also view the Faculty Handbook entry for MATH1015
Information sheet for MATH1015
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
- The University of Sydney will no longer be supplying calculators for exams. Students will be able to use their own calculators, so long as they are on an approved list.
- For more information click here.
- Here is an example of how to use one of the approved calculators: Casio fx85MS Information/Basic Instructions
- The textbook is MATH1015 BIOSTATISTICS (3rd Edition) - Custom Publishing for The University of Sydney CENGAGE Learning (2013). It is available from the book store at retail price $79.95 and member price $72.75. Some of you asked whether you can buy the 2nd edition book. The differences between the 2nd and 3rd editions are on Chapters 5 and 6 which are completely new for the 3nd edition and more problems are also added. Please compare the differences and decide whether you should the new edition.
- The Student Office is Carslaw room 520. Any administrative enquiries should be made there.
- Checking the websites regularly (both the Junior Mathematics page, and the unit pages) is very important.
- Students should note the dates of quizzes and assignments and attend the quizzes on their tutorial groups. Not knowling that a quiz is on is not an acceptable reason for missing it.
- There is an FAQ webpage, accessible from the Junior Mathematics page, which should be checked before making email enquiries.
- Please note the eligibility for using the Maths Learning Centre (MLC).
- Beginning in week 3, students will be able to seek help with the material from "duty tutors" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2pm, in Carslaw room 830. (This is in addition to lecturers' consultations.)
- On any day of tutorial which is a public holiday, students can attend any other tutorials on voluntary base or simply attempt the tutorial questions by themselves. As attending a tutorial in this case is optional, the tutors will not mark these attendances.
- We have set up consultation time to help you in preparing for the final exam. Please also note the front page of exam. page and formula sheet. All these informations are available below under Examination.
- All tables
- All the necessary tables will be provided in all assessments (quizzes and final exam).
- The two quizzes below are closed book tests. However, you can access the School's Computer Network during the quiz to get formulae sheet, statistical tables, basic R commands and other information from the course website. There will be some questions related to use of the statistical package R. You are NOT allowed to USE your own LAPTOP during this quiz, unless there are valid reasons through medical and/or disability services.
- Each quiz worths 15% towards the final mark. It consists of 15 multiple choice (MC) questions each with five possible choices and only one of them is correct. Mark your correct choice in pen.
- Quiz 1: Week 6 (beginning on 7 April) in your tutorial class.
- Practice Quiz 1 and two practice quizzes in the textbook with answers are given to assist you with a good revision for Quiz 1. However, note that these practice quizzes do not reflect or indicate the true nature of the real quiz.
- Required knowledge: Week 1 to Week 5 (both inclusive). A practical knowledge of R is required to answer some questions.
- Assignment: Due on Tuesday 29 April (5%)
- Cover sheet
- Solution to Assignment
- Writing and Submission Instructions: Your assignment may be hand-written or typed but it should show all working. It is optional for you to include R commands and results as a check of your answers. The assignment is due 4 pm Tuesday 29 April. It should be lodged in the locked collection boxes on the verandah of Carslaw Level 3. These boxes are at the end of the verandah closest to Eastern Avenue (not the locked collection boxes near the pyramids on Carslaw Level 3, nor the open pigeonholes.) Your assignment should be stapled inside a manila folder, on the front of which you should write the initial of your family name as a LARGE letter. A cover sheet must be signed and attached. Note: Assignments are to be handed in the locked collection boxes on the verandah of Carslaw Level 3. These boxes are at the end of the verandah closest to Eastern Avenue. They should NOT be submitted in the 2nd year locked boxes opposite the pyramid garden, nor in the open pigeonholes.
- Quiz 2: week 11 (beginning on 19 May) in your tutorial class.
- Required knowledge: Week 1 to Week 10 (both inclusive). However, more weights will be given to the material from week 7 to week 10. A practical knowledge of R is required to answer some questions.
Incomplete Summary Lecture Notes
- Students are advised to download, print and bring these incomplete lecture notes to fill any missing gaps. This encourages active participation and learning experience for all students.
- Completed notes are NOT AVAILABLE from this website. If you cannot complete these notes (eg. miss or late for a lecture) during the lecture time, ask a friend or your lecturer (A/Prof. Peiris) immediately (in the same week).
- Students can see the lecturer at his advertised consultation time, Tuesdays 1-2pm (or by appointment) in Carslaw 819 for any help related to MATH1015 including completing any missing notes.
- Additional help is available for all enrolled students. Consult Mathematics Student Sevices Office (Carslaw 520) and Mathemartics Learning Centre for details.
- Week 1
- Week 2
- Tutorial starts at week 2. Students should read the login information, login computers in any computer lab in level 6 and 7, Carslaw building during their free times in week 1. Attempt the problems on this sheet. Read Login and R information on R Software handout.
- Students must print out the current week´s tutorial sheets from the web, and bring to their tutorials.
- Students should attempt the tutorial questions before the tutorials and discuss any problems with their tutors during the tutorials.
- Tutorial 1 - Full Solutions
- Tutorial 2 - Full Solutions
- Self-test web quizzes:
Test your understanding of the topics by trying the quizzes for MATH1015 regularly as the semester progresses.
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.
- Past Exam Papers:
Fisher Library's previous years' exam papers page.
- The Faculty Handbook entry:
The Faculty Handbook entry for MATH1015 from the central units of study database.
(Links below will be updated regularly. Look at only available information.)
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