Courses & Units

Data Handling and Statistics 3 KMA353


Data Handling and Statistics 3 is the third applied statistics units offered by the School of Natural Sciences (Mathematics). This unit is required in the Statistics and Decision Science major and it provides an extension of the concepts, methods and tools introduced in KMA253. It is a 'hands-on' course in which the emphasis is on the development of skills in the selection and application of upper-level statistical methodology. Emphasis is also placed on the presentation of statistical analyses in a written format that promotes reproducible research. Topics covered in the course include: hypothesis testing, experimental design, frequentist and Bayesian inference, analysis presentation, generalised linear modelling; mixed-effects modelling, multinomial regression, and model selection. Expertise with the statistical computing language R and RStudio will be extended, including the application of R Markdown for producing reproducible research. Examples will be drawn from the biological, physical and social sciences.


Unit name Data Handling and Statistics 3
Unit code KMA353
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Mathematics
Coordinator Doctor Shane Richards
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe statistical approaches commonly adopted in the sciences.
  • Apply statistical methods using the R programming language.
  • Evaluate the validity of a statistical analysis.
  • Interpret a statistical analysis in written format

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.





Teaching Pattern

Each week students will engage in 3 x 1-hr face-to-face recorded lectorials, and a 1 x 1-hr face-face computer lab session (not recorded).

AssessmentTests (46%)|Projects (54%)
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Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.


Korner-Nievergelt, F., Roth, T., von Felten, S., Guélat, J., Almasi, B., Korner-Nievergelt, P. (2015) Bayesian Data Analysis in Ecology Using Linear Models with R, BUGS, and Stan. Academic Press.

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