MC004 - Master of Statistics and Operations Research

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Plan: MC004P12 - Master of Statistics and Operations Research
Campus: City Campus

Learning outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes Statement

The program has a student-focused approach that aims at developing your skills in the use of statistics and operations research in solving real world problems that arise in industry, research and business environments. This is achieved using statistical software accompanied by an in-depth understanding of the statistical processes involved. By completing this program, you will be particularly knowledgeable, creative and critical in the sense of how you interpret and analyse data. You will also be equipped with the ability to apply knowledge to solve a wide range of real world problems.

The following are the key capabilities developed in the program which will make you, as a graduate, relevant to current industry and business requirements:

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

  • an understanding of 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
  • an understanding of the balance between the complexity / accuracy of the mathematical / statistical models used and the timeliness of the delivery of the solution.

Teamwork and project management

  • the ability to contribute to professional work settings through effective participation in teams and organisation of project tasks
  • the ability to constructively engage with other team members and resolve conflict.


  • the ability to effectively communicate both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral), and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences.  Of particular interest is the ability to explain technical material, without unnecessary jargon, to lay persons such as the general public or line managers.

Information literacy

  • the ability to locate and use data and information and evaluate its quality with respect to its authority and relevance.


  • develop the cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge to identify and provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.
  • use initiative and judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in professional practice and/or scholarship.
  • take responsibility and accountability for own learning and professional practice and in collaborations with others within broad parameters.
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