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MATH1015 Biostatistics

General Information

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 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.

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:

Information sheet, see P2

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 self-test web quizzes available on web. Note that they are not in the same order as lectures.

Incomplete Summary Lecture Notes are available on blackboard

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 AVAILABLE through lecture recording. 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).

For any help related to MATH1015: Students can see me on Mondays 1-2 pm and/or Tuesdays 1-2pm 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 Lecture Notes

There are 13 parts of MATH1015 notes. Each part approximately cover the material as indicated on these notes.

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

Weekly tutorials and solutions are available on blackboard

Past exam papers for self-practice

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.

Practice MC question papers for revision only

These two practice MC papers have been designed to revise MATH1015 course material.

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 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 19/05/16

MATH1015MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8am Lecture
WLT200
(Wks 1-7,9-13)
MS.Peiris
Lecture
WLT200
MS.Peiris
 
 
 
9am  
 
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
MS.Peiris
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
W.Dai
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-3,5-13)
S.Dissanayake
   
 
Tutorial
729/730
(Wks 2-13)
E.Seneta
Tutorial
729/730
(Wks 2-13)
D.Warren
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-3,5-13)
H.Yan
   
 
 
 
Tutorial
729/730
(Wks 2-3,5-13)
C.Smith
10am  
 
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-13)
D.Warren
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-13)
W.Dai
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-3,5-13)
H.Yan
   
 
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
K.Muraleedaran
Tutorial
729/730
(Wks 2-13)
D.Warren
 
11am Lecture
159
(Wks 1-7,9-13)
MS.Peiris
Lecture
159
MS.Peiris
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
S.Carnaffan
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-13)
T.Nitithumbundit
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-3,5-13)
C.Smith
   
 
Tutorial
729/730
(Wks 2-13)
K.Muraleedaran
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
H.Yan
 
noon  
 
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-13)
S.Carnaffan
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-13)
T.Nitithumbundit
 
   
 
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
MS.Peiris
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
S.Carnaffan
 
   
 
 
Tutorial
729/730
(Wks 2-13)
K.Emery
 
2pm  
 
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-13)
S.Dissanayake
Tutorial
610/611
(Wks 2-13)
S.Carnaffan
K.Emery
 
   
 
Tutorial
705/706
(Wks 2-13)
T.Nitithumbundit
 
 

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