MATH1015 Biostatistics
General Information
MATH1015 is a Junior (or firstyear) 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 2016: Shelton Peiris .
 Email contact address:
MATH1015@maths.usyd.edu.au.
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 description of MATH1015 in the University's course search database.
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
See the main junior mathematics page for information relating to all junior mathematics units, and see in particular the Junior Maths FAQ page.
Class representatives
Michaela Campbell has volunteered to be your class representative. She 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 representative and let them know your views.
Online Resources
R Software
This course uses a freely available software package R to introduce statistical computing related to Biostatistics. There will be some R related questions in quizzes during the semester. However, any direct questions from R will NOT be examined in the final examination in June.
This basic training on R will be useful for students to develop analytical skills in future.
 You will be able to download R through: Official Webpage OR Download Link
 R is available on all computers in the School of Mathematics and Statistics, Carslaw Building (Labs  Levels 6 & 7).
 Follow the instructions on: Login and R Information Sheet
Data Sets
The following data sets will be used in some examples.
Formulae Sheet
This is a useful copy with important formulae to be used in exams. Keep a copy of this sheet. This will be provided with your final examination in June.
Statistical Tables
These tables will be used during the semester. A copy of this will be provided with your final examination in June.
Assessment:
Quizzes:
Click here to start the online quiz.
Quizzes are randomly generated by the system, which automatically checks the answers and records the marks. Therefore, we cannot release these quiz sheets for students. However, you can practice Multiple Choice (MC) questions using the web quizzes and weekly tutorials.
In the week after the week in which the quiz is held, you can click here to see your quiz results.
There are selftest web quizzes available on web. Note that they are not in the same order as lectures.
Incomplete Summary Lecture Notes
Links below will be updated weekly when the material is released
Students are advised to download, print and bring these incomplete lecture notes to fill any missing gaps during the lectures. 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 or Dr Di Warren) immediately (in the same week).
For any help related to MATH1015: Students can see me on Mondays 12 pm or Tuesdays 12pm in Carslaw 819.
Additional help is available for all enrolled students. Consult Mathematics Student Sevices Office (Carslaw 520) and Mathematics Learning Centre for details.
Links to Notes
There are 13 parts of MATH1015 notes. Each part approximately cover the material as indicated below:
 Part 1: Week 1/2 (available now)  access with your UniKey
 Part 1: Week 1/2 (available now)
 Part 2: Week 2/3 (available now  UniKey login) ..... Note: Complete remaing pages of Part 1 before this Part 2
 Part 2: Week 2/3 (available now) ..... Note: Complete remaing pages of Part 1 before this Part 2
 Part 3: Week 3 (See  blackboard)
 Part 4: Week 4 (See  blackboard)
 Part 5: Week 5 (See  blackboard)

Part 6: Week 6 (See  blackboard)
– Normal Table (Table 2) to be used in this lecture  week 6.
 Part 7: Week 7 (See  blackboard)
 Part 8: Week 8 (See  blackboard)
 Part 9: Week 9 (See  blackboard)
 Part 10: Week 10 (See  blackboard) R commands for the ttest
 Part 11: Week 11 (See  blackboard)
 Part 12: Week 12(See  blackboard)
 Part 13: Week 13 (See  blackboard) 2015 EXAM
Weekly Tutorials/Solutions
 Read Login and R information on R Software handout.
 Week 1: Login to a computer in any computer lab on level 6 or 7, Carslaw building at your free times. Attempt the problems on sheet 1. No tutors are available in week 1.
 Week2: Tutor assisted tutorials start in week 2.
 Students must print out the current week's tutorial sheet from the web, and bring it to their class/es.
 Students should attempt the tutorial questions before the tutorials and discuss any problems with their tutors during the class.
Links to Tutorials
Links below will be updated regularly when the material is released
 Tutorial 1 (do your own for revision) (available now)  access with your UniKey
 Tutorial 1 (do your own for revision) (available now)
 Full Solutions  Check after completing the tutorial (available now)
 Tutorial 2 ( available now)  Full Solutions (NA)
 See  blackboard for all future tutorials and solutions.
Links to Assignments

Assignment 1 (available now)
NOTE: Students need to find their own data sets (from Books, from websites such as Austalian Bureau of Statistics etc) to answer this assignment.
 General Instructions (available now)
 Assignment 1 (available now  pdf)
 Assignment 1 (available now  docx)
 R Instructions (available now)
 Assignment 2 (available on 29 May)
Past exam papers for selfpractice
These four exam papers will provide an indication of the final examination in June. You are encouraged to attempt these questions and revise the course material. Answers to 2014 Exam will be discussed in week 13 Revision Lecture. Try to complete each exam paper in 45 minutes.
 2015 Exam: Extended Answer Questions – To be discussed in week 13
 2014 Exam: Extended Answer Questions (with short answers)
 2013 Exam: Extended Answer Questions (with short answers)
 2012 Exam: Extended Answer Questions
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

Selftest web quizzes:
Test your understanding of the topics by trying the quizzes for MATH1015 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 MATH1015 in the central units of study database.
Timetable
Last revised 13/04/16
MATH1015  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday 

8am 
Lecture WLT200 (Wks 17,913) MS.Peiris 
Lecture WLT200 MS.Peiris 



9am 


Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) MS.Peiris 
Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) W.Dai 
Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 23,513) S.Dissanayake 


Tutorial 729/730 (Wks 213) E.Seneta 
Tutorial 729/730 (Wks 213) D.Warren 
Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 23,513) H.Yan 





Tutorial 729/730 (Wks 23,513) C.Smith 

10am 


Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 213) D.Warren 
Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 213) W.Dai 
Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 23,513) H.Yan 


Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) K.Muraleedaran 
Tutorial 729/730 (Wks 213) D.Warren 


11am 
Lecture 159 (Wks 17,913) MS.Peiris 
Lecture 159 MS.Peiris 
Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) S.Carnaffan 
Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 213) T.Nitithumbundit 
Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 23,513) C.Smith 


Tutorial 729/730 (Wks 213) K.Muraleedaran 
Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) H.Yan 


noon 


Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 213) S.Carnaffan 
Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 213) T.Nitithumbundit 



Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) MS.Peiris 
Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) S.Carnaffan 





Tutorial 729/730 (Wks 213) K.Emery 


2pm 


Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 213) S.Dissanayake 
Tutorial 610/611 (Wks 213) S.Carnaffan K.Emery 



Tutorial 705/706 (Wks 213) T.Nitithumbundit 


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