Unit description

Introduces statistical methods required for environmental management, the different types of variables, descriptive statistics and tests of significance (chi-square, t-test, correlation and regression and analysis of variance). Emphasis is placed on choosing a suitable type of data and using an appropriate statistical method in an environmental management setting.

Unit content

  • Review of descriptive statistics: data types, number skills, rounding, significant figures, presentation of different variable types and use of scientific calculators
  • Measures of central tendency: mean, mode and median
  • Measures of dispersion, variance and standard deviation
  • Experimental and survey design
  • The normal distribution
  • Confidence intervals
  • Hypotheses testing, student's t test and chi square
  • Correlation
  • Linear regression
  • One-way analysis of variance
  • Two-way analysis of variance
  • Human and animal care and ethics
  • Data management skills for statistics.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (10 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (14 weeks)
Research Proposal25%
Research Proposal25%
Exam: open book50%


Teaching method
Structured online learning 5 hours (14 weeks)
Research Proposal25%
Research Proposal25%
Exam: open book50%

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