BP245 - Bachelor of Science (Statistics)

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Plan: BP245 - Bachelor of Science (Statistics)
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Bachelor of Science (Statistics)
Award abbreviation: BSc(Stat)
Total credit points: 288
Career: UGRD
Duration: 3 years full time or 6 years part time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/our-education/academic-schools/science/
ASCED code: 010103
CRICOS code: 058781J

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Purpose of the Program

The program BP245 Bachelor of Science (Statistics) will:

  • enable you to become highly employable in the field of statistics 
  • provide you with a sound knowledge of basic (and some advanced) statistical theory
  • expose you to a wide range of statistical models, approaches and software
  • enable you to select and apply the appropriate statistical theories, techniques and software to solve a wide range of problems
  • expose you to related fields of study which require statistical expertise, such as finance, marketing or environmental modelling
  • develop your knowledge of the types of industry which employ statisticians and the variety of tasks they undertake
  • develop your range of generic skills and abilities to operate effectively in professional settings that involve mathematical and statistical expertise. These include good communication skills, technology literacy and the ability to work in a team and interact with others
  • identify the need for an ethical approach to your work.

Year 1 is designed to build a common platform of mathematical and statistical knowledge, conceptual and analytical skills that are essential for Years 2 & 3. It also includes an overview of the different components of applied mathematics which can be explored in depth in subsequent years. In Years 2 and 3 of BP245 Bachelor of Science (Statistics), there is a large number of option courses which allow you to tailor your studies according to your interests in areas like finance, marketing, biology and ecology modelling and analytics. You are also able to select two University-wide electives. In Semester 1 of Year 3 you have the possibility of undertaking a student mobility program overseas, either in industry or in a partner university. 

MATH2197 Industrial Applications of Mathematics and Statistics serves as a capstone experience - a culmination and application of knowledge and skills from your prior studies. You will participate in a group project or industry placement under the supervision of the teaching team and eventually under the supervision of a representative from a partner institution. Regular interactions with your supervisor(s) will allow you to obtain technical advice, to construct a milestone(s) plan and get feedback on your progress. You will respond to real world problems using the knowledge and competencies acquired during your program to propose solutions. 

MATH2197 and its pre-cursor, MATH 2196 are the designated WIL courses for the BP245 program.  

This program requires on-campus attendance. Courses include on-line components. 

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    Articulation and pathways

    If you wish to transfer between BP083 Bachelor of Science (Mathematics)  and BP245 Bachelor of Science (Statistics) programs at the end of Year 1, you can do so but you will need to take an additional course as these programs share a common first year with the following exception: MATH2311 Modelling with Algebra (BP083) and MATH2022 Data Preparation for Analytics (BP245). If you transfer from BP245 Bachelor of Science (Statistics) to BP083 Bachelor of Science (Mathematics), then the course MATH2022 Data Preparation for Analytics  can be used as a program option in your new program. If you transfer from BP083 Bachelor of Science (Mathematics) to BP245 Bachelor of Science (Statistics), then the course MATH2311 Modelling with Algebra can be used as a University Elective in the new program.

    On successful completion of BP245 Bachelor of Science (Statistics) you can apply for entry into BH063 Bachelor of Science (Statistics) (Honours). This is a possible pathway towards our PhD program, DR222 - PhD (Mathematical Sciences). Seek guidance from your Program Co-ordinator as to your options and directions for further study. 

    If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for credit - refer to: www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


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    Entrance requirements

    Program entry requirements

    Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent.  

    For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents web page (unresolved).


    Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) prerequisite Units 3 and 4 — a study score of at least 20 in one of Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics; and a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in any other English.

    English language requirements

    A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent.   

    For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.

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    External accreditation and industry links

    There is no accreditation currently associated with this program.

    Mathematical Sciences is formally linked to industry through Program Advisory Committees (PAC) and through various consulting and research projects undertaken by staff. Valuable input from PAC industry representatives has been a major driver for change in the statistics program, particularly in regard to industry trends and future graduate capabilities, the use of state-of-the-art mathematical and statistical software, the introduction of new program options and most importantly, support for the introduction of work integrated learning (WIL). Work Integrated Learning is visible throughout the program through the use of guest lecturers, visits to industry, industry projects and, where possible, student placements in industry. An annual career afternoon, held in Year 1, is a key opportunity for you to meet representatives from industry, discuss career prospects in statistics and choose your option courses accordingly. Students from all years are invited.

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    Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

    Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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    Library, IT and specialist resources

    Library resources and services

    As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University, you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course-related materials such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

    Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit), or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

    Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

    The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

    You can find more information on Library resources and services at: www.rmit.edu.au/library

    Online learning tools and content

    As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT (www.rmit.edu.au/myrmit).

    Services available to you as a student at RMIT

    RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

    Services are available face-to-face and online assisting with:


    • transition to tertiary study and learning
    • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
    • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long-term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
    • career development and employment
    • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
    • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
    • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation and fitness activities, as well as student activism and university governance.


    We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. You can find more information at: www.rmit.edu.au/students


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