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Forensic Statistics (7904.3)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2, 4
Faculty: Faculty of Education, Science, Technology & Maths
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Maths & Technology


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    This unit introduces students to statistical techniques in a forensics context. The focus of the unit is the description and analysis of data with an emphasis on statistical methods used in forensic applications. Students are introduced to the statistical capabilities of Excel. Topics include graphs; measures of location and dispersion; probability; hypothesis testing; linear correlation and regression modelling; principal components analysis; Bayes Theorem and the prosecutors and defenders fallacies.

    Learning Outcomes


    1. understand the nature and consequences of natural variability in forensic data; express a problem in statistical terms.

    2. summarise data graphically and numerically, either manually or using Excel.

    3. test hypotheses in simple situations.

    4. model data by fitting straight lines; and understand the use of statistics in assessing evidence.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Online unit - equivalent 4 hrs per week (F2F)


    Data Analysis in Science OR Business Statistics OR Introduction to Statistics.

    Assumed Knowledge

    Mathematics to ACT College level.

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