Course Title: Analyse data and report results

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2012

Course Code: MATH5334C

Course Title: Analyse data and report results

School: 155T Vocational Health and Sciences

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5283 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Pathology Testing)

Course Contact: Amberlee Mitton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 8053

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Namrita Kaul

9925 4309

Nominal Hours: 80

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Pre-Requisites MSL924001A - Process and interpret data 


Course Description

This unit of competency covers the ability to perform scientific calculations, analyse trends and uncertainty in data and report results within the required timeframe.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSL925001A Analyse data and report results


1. Perform scientific calculations

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Ensure raw data are consistent with expectations and reasonable ranges
1.2 Calculate scientific quantities involving algebraic, power, exponential and/or logarithmic functions
1.3 Ensure calculated quantities are consistent with estimations
1.4 Present results using the appropriate units, uncertainties and number of significant figures


2. Analyse trends and relationships in data

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Determine linear and non-linear relationships between sets of data
2.2 Prepare and analyse control charts to determine if a process is in control
2.3 Identify possible causes for out-of-control condition
2.4 Follow enterprise procedures to return process to in-control operation


3. Determine variation and/or uncertainty in data distributions

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Organise raw data into appropriate frequency distributions
3.2 Calculate means, medians, modes, ranges and standard deviations for ungrouped and grouped data
3.3 Interpret frequency distributions to determine the characteristics of the sample or population
3.4 Calculate standard deviations and confidence limits for means and replicates
3.5 Estimate the uncertainty in measurements using statistical analysis
3.6 Determine data acceptability using statistical tests and enterprise procedures


4. Check for aberrant results

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Identify results that cannot be reconciled with sample, sample documentation, testing procedures and/or expected outcomes
4.2 Determine appropriate actions in consultation with supervisor as required


5. Report results

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Use charts, tables and graphs to present results in the required format
5.2 Verify that entry of data and results are correct
5.3 Prepare reports in a format and style consistent with their intended use and enterprise guidelines
5.4 Communicate results within the specified time and in accordance with enterprise confidentiality and security guidelines

Learning Outcomes

Details of Learning Activities

1. Lectures

2. Online learning activites

3. Computer Based tutorials

Teaching Schedule

Week StartingWeek NoTopicEoC
9th July1• Introduction to Statistics
• Basic Statistics
• Descriptive Statistics
16th July
2• Continue with previous week
• Equations involving pH, [H], [OH], buffer calculations, Ka, pKa, Kb, pKb, Kw
• Henderson – Hasselbach equation
23rd July
3• Correlation
• Linear and Non-Linear relationship between data
30th July
4• Normal Distribution
• Control Charts
6th August5• Continue with Control Charts
• Types of Control charts
13th August61. Normal Distribution
2. z scores calculations
20th August7• Calculating confidence limits for the means
• More on Normal Distribution
• Revision for mid sem
27th August8Mid semester exams 
3rd Sept9
  • Conducting Statistical Tests
  • . z-test
10h Sept10
  • t-test and using Minitab
17th Sept11
  • Conducting Chi-square and using Minitab
24th Sept12
  • Mid Semester Break
1st Oct13
  • Conducting ANOVA and using Minitab
8th Oct  14
  •     Case studies based on all statistical tests
15th Oct15
  •  Continue with previous week.
22nd Oct16Revision 
29th Oct17Exams 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Handouts on MyStudies RMIT

Class room activities

Overview of Assessment

Assessments for this course typically consist of:
• Class activities
• Assignments
• Presentations
• Exams

Assessment Tasks

The following tasks will be conducted during the semester:

  • Two assignments (10% each)
  • Mid sem exam(30%)
  • Minitab exam(10%)
  • End of sem exam(40%)

(More details will be provided during the classes)

Assessment Matrix

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