Course Title: Analyse data and report results

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2014

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


Nominal Hours: 80

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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

Teaching Schedule
7th July
• Introduction to Statistics
• Basic Statistics
• Descriptive Statistics       
14th July


• Continue with previous week
• Equations involving pH, [H], [OH], buffer calculations, Ka, pKa, Kb, pKb, Kw
• Henderson – Hasselbach equation
21st July


• Correlation
• Linear and Non-Linear relationship between data
28th July


• Normal Distribution
• Control Charts
4th August


• Continue with Control Charts
• Types of Control charts
11th August
1. Normal Distribution
2. z scores calculations
18th  August
• Calculating confidence limits for the means
• More on Normal Distribution
• Revision for mid sem
25th August
Mid semester exams 
1st Sept
• Conducting Statistical Tests
• . z-test
8th Sept
• t-test and using Minitab 
15th Sept
• Conducting Chi-square and using Minitab 
22nd Sept
• Mid Semester Break 
29th Sept
• Conducting ANOVA  using Minitab 
6th Oct

• Case studies based on all statistical tests

• Valid measurement and data acceptability tests

13th Oct
• Continue with previous week. 
20th Oct
Revision/ Catch up 
27th OctExam Week 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Handouts and Online Learning materials will be provided during the course.


Practical statistics for the health sciences / Peter Martin, Robyn Pierce

Statistics for starters / Peter Martin & Robyn Pierce

Other Resources

Handouts on MyStudies RMIT

Overview of Assessment

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

Assessment Tasks

To demonstrate competency in this course you need to successfully complete each one of the following pieces of Assessment:

Two assignments to be conducted online (weightage of 10% each)
Mid semester exam(weightage of 30%)
Minitab exam to be conducted online (weightage of 10%)
End of semester exam (weightage of 40%)

Assessment Matrix

Other Information

• To pass the course you need to pass, on average, each type of assessment. 

• Extension of time for submission of assessable work- A student may apply for an extension of up to 7 days from the original due date.The application form needs to be lodged(available on the web ) at least the day before the due date. The application is lodged with the School Admin Office on Level 6, Bdg 51. Students requiring longer extensions must apply for Special Consideration (form available on the Web at For missed assessments such as exams- you (& your doctor if you are sick) must fill out a special consideration form. This form must be lodged at the HUB or online with supporting evidence (eg medical certificate), prior to, or within, 48 hours of the scheduled time of examination.

• Late work that is submitted without an application for an extension will not be corrected

• If you miss an assessment task due to unavoidable circumstances, you need to follow the procedure of special consideration and apply within the allowed time frame.

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