# Study Statistics at Otago

## Overview

Statistics as a field of study is concerned with the collection, analysis and interpretation of numerical data. The main emphasis is on the role of random variation in observations that are made, which is why statistical theory is built on the concepts of probability.

Although the study of statistics in any depth requires some proficiency in algebra and calculus, it is not just another branch of mathematics. The use of statistical methods requires skills in problem formulation, computing and the assessment of evidence that are not always closely related to mathematical ability. Furthermore, a key ingredient for being a successful statistician is the ability to communicate complex ideas to other people in written and verbal reports.

Statistics can be studied at all undergraduate levels at the University of Otago. Many students take a first year Statistics paper as a prerequisite for their main subject of interest, or just because it is generally useful to have some knowledge of basic quantitative methods. Often these students then continue the subject with papers at 200-level and 300-level while majoring in disciplines like Botany, Ecology, Economics, Finance, Geography, Marketing Management, Psychology or Zoology.

Other students study Statistics as their major subject because they:

• are looking for a practical and useful application of their mathematical abilities, with good employment prospects
• would like to work with researchers, in a wide range or disciplines, in solving important problems
• want a job which involves them in contributing to policy or management decisions for government or private industry
• have a concern for social or environmental issues and want to use their skills in biological, environmental or medical research.

## Contact details

Email maths@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/maths

## Papers

See the full list of Statistics (STAT) papers.

## Programme Requirements

### Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Statistics

Level Papers Points
100-level

Statistics

STAT 110   Statistical Methods or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

or

Applied Statistics

STAT 110  Statistical Methods or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

Statistics

STAT 261  Probability and Inference 1

Two further STAT papers at 200-level or above

MATH 202  Linear Algebra or MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

or

Applied Statistics

STAT 241  Regression and Modelling 1

18

36

18

18

36

300-level

Statistics

STAT 362  Probability and Inference 2

STAT 380  Statistical Computing

Two further STAT papers at 300-level or above

or

Applied Statistics

STAT 341  Regression and Modelling 2

STAT 380  Statistical Computing

18

18

36

18

18

36

Plus

Either 162 (Statistics) or 180 (Applied Statistics) further points; must include 54 points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Arts

Other approved paper(s) may be substituted for up to two 200- or 300-level STAT papers

Applied Statistics students who are not also enrolled for another degree programme must fulfil the requirements for an approved minor subject

162

or

180

Total   360

### Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA(Hons)) in Statistics

Papers

Prerequisites:
STAT 362  Probability and Inference 2
STAT 380  Statistical Computing
Two further 300-level STAT papers
MATH 202  Linear Algebra
MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

Thesis
• Thesis 5

### Bachelor of Science (BSc) majoring in Statistics

Level Papers Points
100-level

Statistics

STAT 110  Statistical Methods or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

or

Applied Statistics

STAT 110  Statistical Methods, or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics

MATH 160  Mathematics 1

MATH 170  Mathematics 2

18

18

18

18

18

18

200-level

Statistics

STAT 261  Probability and Inference 1

Two further STAT papers at 200-level or above

MATH 202  Linear Algebra, or MATH 203  Calculus of Several Variables

or

Applied Statistics

STAT 241  Regression and Modelling 1

Two further STAT papers at 200-level or above

18

36

18

18

36

300-level

Statistics

STAT 362  Probability and Inference 2

STAT 380  Statistical Computing

Two further STAT papers at 300-level or above

or

Applied Statistics

STAT 341  Regression and Modelling 2

STAT 380  Statistical Computing

Two further STAT papers at 300-level or above

18

18

36

18

18

36

Plus

Either 162 (Statistics) or 180 (Applied Statistics) further points; must include 36 (Statistics) or 54 (Applied Statistics) points at 200-level or above.

Up to 90 points may be taken from outside Science

Other approved paper(s) may be substituted for up to two 200- or 300-level STAT papers

Applied Statistics students who are not also enrolled for another degree programme must fulfil the requirements for an approved minor subject.

162

or

180

Total   360

Papers

### Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (PGDipApStat)

The programme requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Statistics (PGDipApStat) are available elsewhere in this website.

Papers

### Master of Science (MSc) in Statistics

Papers and Thesis
• STAT 490 Dissertation

• Four 400-level STAT papers

• Thesis: STAT 5

Note: The papers are normally taken before undertaking the thesis.

## Minor Subject Requirements

### Statistics as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level STAT 110  Statistical Methods or STAT 115  Introduction to Biostatistics 18
Above
100-level

At least four STAT papers above 100-level, including at least one at 300-level or above

72

Total   90