Course Title: Linear Models and Design of Experiments

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Linear Models and Design of Experiments

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2016


City Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Dr Stelios Georgiou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3158

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 8.9.74

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Pre-requisite: MATH2201 Basic Statistical Methodologies

Co-requisite:  MATH2140 Linear Algebra – Vector Calculus

Course Description

The first part of this course provides an overview of linear models, including simple linear regression, multiple linear regression, logistic regression and model building based on these techniques. The second part provides an introduction to the concepts and various techniques of experimental design, using analysis of variance and related techniques.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP245 Bachelor of Science (Statistics):

Personal and professional awareness

  • The ability to contextualise outputs where data are drawn from diverse and evolving social, political and cultural dimensions.
  • The ability to reflect on experience and improve your own future practice.
  • The ability to apply the principles of lifelong learning to any new challenge.


Knowledge and technical competence

  • The ability to use the appropriate and relevant, fundamental and applied mathematical and statistical knowledge, methodologies and modern computational tools.



  • The ability to bring together and flexibly apply knowledge to characterise, analyse and solve a wide range of problems.
  • The ability to understand the balance between the complexity and accuracy of the statistical models used.


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to

  1. Select and apply appropriate regression techniques to address research questions and hypotheses;
  2. Apply experimental design techniques in real world problems and in research;
  3. Argue the necessity of experimental design to the task of collecting valid and relevant data in order to draw the correct statistical evidence to support a hypothesis.

Overview of Learning Activities

Key concepts of linear models and design of experiments will be extensively covered in this course. These will be explained and elucidated with relevant class and computer laboratory examples. The assignments and labs will test your understanding of class materials.

Overview of Learning Resources


Material for this course will be provided by the lecturer. Other learning resources are the prescribed texts and references which can be accessed online and from the libraries.

The computer laboratories (Room 8.9.48 and Room 8.9.49) contain computers with state-of-the-art software such as SAS, SPSS, MINITAB, EXCEL etc. which will be employed to analyse data and solve problems. A Library Guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment


Assessment Task 1  - Take home assignments    

Weighting 15%

CLOs 1-3


Assessment Task 2 - Class test                                  

Weighting 25%

CLOs 1-3


Assessment Task 3  - Lab-based assessment             

Weighting 10%

CLOs 1-3


Assessment Task 4 – Final exam

Weighting 50%

CLOs 1-3