• Offered by Rsch Sch of Finance, Actuarial Studies & App Stats
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Statistics
  • Areas of interest Statistics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course examines the key elements of undertaking a research project with an empirical flavour, and provides guidance on the use of various statistical tools and techniques in the analysis of data. The course is not designed as a replacement for more formal and deeper analysis of specific statistical methods. Rather, it is a refresher for those seeking to revive their basic research skills and also serves as an introduction for those seeking to go onto further study in specific statistical techniques. The course would be of interest to Honours and Postgraduate students and should complement studies that involve statistical method and/or research projects.

Section 1: The Research Process (Introduction to Research Theory, Development of Knowledge, Steps in the Research Process)

Section 2: Sourcing Relevant Information (Information Resources, Literature Review, Referencing, DataStream Tutorial)

Section 3: Data Gathering (Bias, Precision and Relevance, Types of Data, Handling Missing Data)

Section 4: Data Presentation Techniques (Identification of Data Structure, Graphical Description, Numerical Description

Section 5: Review of Hypothesis Testing Ideas (Statistical Questions: Populations versus Samples, Confidence Intervals, Structure of Hypothesis Tests, Developing Hypotheses, Decision-Making and Types of Error)

Section 6: Analysis and Applications (Deciding on the Type of Test, Specifying an Appropriate Model, Assessing Model Assumptions and Fit, Model Revision and Issues of Robustness, Computer-based Applications)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

By the end of this unit, students are expected to have attained proficiency in the following areas:

  • Be able to design and deliver research proposals and reports;
  • Be able to appraise research articles and presentations; and,
  • Be able to locate and analyse data from a number of well-known sources.

Other Information

See the course outline on the College courses page. Outlines are uploaded as they become available. 

Indicative Assessment

Assessment is based on a research proposal to be submitted at the end of the term.

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.


10 hours / week

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Rsch Sch of Finance, Actuarial Studies & App Stats to request a permission code to enrol in this course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee Description
1994-2003 $3234
2014 $3246
2013 $3240
2012 $3240
2011 $3240
2010 $3240
2009 $3240
2008 $3240
2007 $3240
2006 $3240
2005 $3234
2004 $3234
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3234
2014 $3948
2013 $3942
2012 $3942
2011 $3942
2010 $3942
2009 $3618
2008 $3618
2007 $3618
2006 $3534
2005 $3234
2004 $3234
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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