UNIT OUTLINE

UNIT OUTLINE
UNIT OUTLINE
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BEA674
Data and Business Decision Making
Semester 2, 2015
THIS UNIT IS BEING OFFERED IN:
HOBART AND BY DISTANCE
Taught by:
Dr Jing Tian
CRICOS Provider Code: 00586B
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Contents
Contact Details ........................................................................................................................................ 2
Unit Description ...................................................................................................................................... 3
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s) ............................................................................ 3
Enrolment in the Unit ............................................................................................................................. 3
When does the unit commence? ............................................................................................................ 3
University of Tasmania Graduate Quality Statement ............................................................................. 3
Intended Learning Outcomes for BEA674 .............................................................................................. 4
Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach .................................................................... 5
Learning Resources ................................................................................................................................. 5
Student Feedback via eVALUate ............................................................................................................. 7
Details of Teaching Arrangements .......................................................................................................... 8
Assessment ........................................................................................................................................... 10
Submission of Assessment Items .......................................................................................................... 12
Review of Assessment and Results ....................................................................................................... 14
Further Support and Assistance ............................................................................................................ 15
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism .................................................................................................. 16
Study Schedule ...................................................................................................................................... 17
Tutorial/Workshop Schedule ................................................................................................................ 18
Contact Details
Unit Coordinator:
Dr Jing Tian
Campus:
Room Number:
Email:
Phone:
Consultation:
Hobart
225, Centenary Building
[email protected]
6226 2323
Tuesday 2:00 - 3:00pm at Room 225 Centenary Building
Tutor:
Campus:
Email:
Consultation:
Rachel Nichols
Hobart
[email protected]
Please email Rachel to make an appointment
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Unit Description
Analysts and decision makers need an understanding of statistics for four key reasons: to know how
to properly present and describe information; to know how to draw conclusions about large
populations based only on information obtained from samples; to know how to obtain reliable
forecasts; and to know how to improve processes. These four reasons form the basis of the
structure and content of Data and Business Decision Making. The use of mathematics and
arithmetical calculations are kept to a minimum by using the spreadsheet package Microsoft Excel.
Apart from statistical concepts and techniques, the unit also stresses interpretation and applications.
The use of statistical and spreadsheet software has made very sophisticated analyses possible and
the unit adds a dimension of understanding to the assumptions and limitations underlying these
analyses.
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s)
Basic knowledge of mathematics at high school level and basic working knowledge of MS Excel
software. If you have any concerns with these skills please contact your lecturer early in the
semester.
Enrolment in the Unit
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, students should not enrol in this unit after the end of
week two of semester, as the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) cannot guarantee
that:
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any extra assistance will be provided by the teaching team in respect of work covered in the
period prior to enrolment; and
penalties will not be applied for late submission of any piece or pieces of assessment that were
due during this period.
When does the unit commence?
The unit’s teaching schedule commences in the week beginning 13 July 2015.
University of Tasmania Graduate Quality Statement
The units in your course, including this unit, have been designed to cumulatively develop the
graduate qualities outlined in the University’s Graduate Quality Statement:
Our graduates are equipped and inspired to shape and respond to the opportunities and
challenges of the future as accomplished communicators, highly regarded professionals and
culturally competent citizens in local, national, and global society. Graduates acquire subject and
multidisciplinary knowledge and skills and develop critical and creative literacies and skills of
inquiry. Our graduates recognise and critically evaluate issues of social responsibility, ethical
conduct and sustainability.
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Intended Learning Outcomes for BEA674
INTENDED LEARNING
OUTCOMES
Learning Outcome 1
Define, use and
interpret key business
statistics concepts and
techniques
Learning Outcome 2
Apply a business
statistics way of
thinking.
RELATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA OR MODULE LEVEL
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
ASSESSMENT METHODS
Define, measure and interpret key statistical concepts.
1. Online tests
2. Mid-term test
3. Group assignment
4. Final exam
Illustrate key business statistics concepts with real world
examples.
Apply a business statistics way of thinking.
Recognise and articulate interesting business questions
about the world around you.
Communicate statistical results clearly in a written report.
Learning Outcome 3
Use statistical
techniques to analyse a
range of real-life
problems and to inform
decision-making and
government policy
Select the correct statistical test for the problem at hand.
Use and interpret descriptive statistics to describe real-life
situations.
Use probability theory to explain business behavior.
Use statistical methods to test differences in business
situations.
Use regression and time series models to explain variation in
business variables.
Communicate statistical analysis and policy advice clearly in
a written form.
1. Online tests
2. Mid-term test
3. Group assignment
4. Final exam
1. Online tests
2. Mid-term test
3. Group assignment
4. Final exam
1. Online tests
2. Mid-term test
3. Group assignment
4. Final exam
1. Group assignment
2. Final exam
1. Online tests
2. Mid-term test
3. Group assignment
4. Final exam
1. Online tests
2. Mid-term test
3. Group assignment
4. Final exam
1. Online tests
2. Mid-term test
3. Group assignment
4. Final exam
1. Group assignment
2. Final exam
COURSE LEVEL LEARNING OUTCOMES
Successful completion of this unit supports your
development of course learning outcomes, which
describe what a graduate of a course knows,
understands and is able to do. Course learning
outcomes are available from the Course
Coordinator. Course learning outcomes are
developed with reference to national discipline
standards, Australian Qualifications Framework
(AQF), any professional accreditation requirements
and the University of Tasmania’s Graduate Quality
Statement.
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Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach
The University is committed to a high standard of professional conduct in all activities, and holds its
commitment and responsibilities to its students as being of paramount importance. Likewise, it
holds expectations about the responsibilities students have as they pursue their studies within the
special environment the University offers. The University’s Code of Conduct for Teaching and
Learning states:
Students are expected to participate actively and positively in the teaching/learning
environment. They must attend classes when and as required, strive to maintain steady
progress within the subject or unit framework, comply with workload expectations, and
submit required work on time.
These are some of the expectations we have of you as a student enrolled in this unit:
The contact that you have with teaching staff through lectures and tutorials is considered a central
element of the unit. Our observation is that students who attend lectures and participate in tutorials
are rewarded with improved understanding and performance.
Work, Health and Safety (WH&S)
The University is committed to providing a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. In
addition to specific requirements of this unit, you should refer to the University’s policy at:
www.utas.edu.au/work-health-safety.
Learning Resources
Prescribed Text/Software
A prescribed text is a resource that you must have access to for the purposes of studying this unit. Information regarding
how these may be purchased is attached.
Levine, DM, Stephan, DF & Szabat, KA 2013, Statistics for managers using MS Excel, Global Edition,
7th edn, Pearson Higher Ed, USA.
Students are expected to have basic MS Excel skills.
Recommended Texts/Software
A recommended text is a resource that you can use to broaden your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. You
may also find a recommended text helpful when conducting research for assignments.
Black, K, Asafu-Adjaye J, Burke, P, Khan, N, King, G, Perera, N & Sherwood, C 2013, Australasian
business statistics, 3rd edn, John Wiley and Sons Australia, Milton, Qld.
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My Learning Online (MyLO)
Access to the MyLO online learning environment unit is required for this unit. The unit has its own
MyLO site.
To log into MyLO and access this unit, go to: http://www.utas.edu.au/mylo. To access the unit,
select BEA674.
For help using MyLO go to http://www.utas.edu.au/mylo.
Technical requirements for MyLO
MyLO can be accessed via Library computers and in computer labs on campus. See:
http://www.utas.edu.au/it/computing-distributed-systems/computer-labs-facilities-and-locations
For further technical information and help, contact the UTAS Service Desk on 6226 1818 or at
http://www.utas.edu.au/service-desk during business hours.
Learning to use MyLO
When you log into MyLO, you will see a unit called Getting Started with MyLO. Enter this unit to
learn more about MyLO, and to practise using its features.
MyLO Expectations
1.
Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct across all modes of
communication, either with staff or with other students. Penalties may be imposed if the Unit
Coordinator believes that, in any instance or mode of communication, your language or
content is inappropriate or offensive. MyLO is a public forum. Due levels of respect,
professionalism and high ethical standards are expected of students at all times.
2.
Submission of assessment tasks via MyLO presumes that students have read, understood and
abide by the requirements relating to academic conduct, and in particular, those requirements
relating to plagiarism. All work submitted electronically is presumed to be “signed-off” by the
student submitting as their own work. Any breach of this requirement will lead to student
misconduct processes.
3.
MyLO is an Internet service for teaching and learning provided by the University. It is
expected that you check your units in MyLO for updates at least once a day.
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Using MyLO for BEA674
IMPORTANT!: Before you are provided with access to your unit’s MyLO resources, you must
complete the Student Agreement form. To do this:
1. Access the unit’s MyLO site.
2. Locate the Begin Here folder and click on it to open it. You can find the Begin Here folder by
scrolling down until you see Content Browser OR by clicking on the Content button.
OR
3. Once you have opened the Begin Here folder, click on the Student Agreement file.
OR
4. Read the terms, then check the I agree box. You should now be able to access all available
unit content on MyLO. You only need to do this once in each MyLO unit.
Other important resources on MyLO
Students are expected to regularly check on MyLO for any updates in relation to the unit. Essentially,
MyLO has been incorporated into the delivery of this unit to enhance students’ learning experience,
by providing access to up-to-date course materials, and allowing for online discussion. In addition to
the lecture slides which are uploaded on MyLO on a weekly basis, other unit-related materials such
as supplementary readings and assessment guides can also be accessed on MyLO. Further, students
are also expected to engage in an active discussion about issues related to the unit through the
discussion forums or chat rooms that are available on MyLO: this is particularly helpful for distance
students who may utilise the facilities available on MyLO to contact their fellow distance students
and form groups to complete any group assessment tasks for this unit. In this regard, MyLO should
be treated as the unit's critical platform for learning and communication.
Student Feedback via eVALUate
At the conclusion of each unit, students will be asked to provide online responses to a number of
matters relating to the learning and teaching within that unit. All students are asked to respond
honestly to these questions, as all information received is used to enhance the delivery of future
offerings.
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Details of Teaching Arrangements
Lecture/Tutorial Mode
For face-to-face students (Hobart Campus):
Lectures:
A two-hour lecture is scheduled for each week throughout the semester. Lecture time and venue
can be found on the University web at:
http://student.admin.utas.edu.au/coursesenrolment/timetable/
The lectures will be conducted in the style of conventional face-to-face contact between students
and the lecturer. Lecture slides will be posted on MyLO in the week before the class. It is essential
that students read through the relevant lecture slides before attending the lecture each week.
Tutorials:
Two one-hour tutorials are scheduled for each week from week 2, and students will need to sign-up
to one of them. The tutor will guide students to solve the problem sets in order to digest and apply
the lecture contents. The problem sets will be posted on MyLO in the week before the class. It is
essential that students work through the questions in each problem set before attending the tutorial.
To sign up, follow the instructions as shown below:
1. Select the icon «Tutorial/Lab Groups – Sign-Up Sheets». A list containing the time, day of week
and room information for each group will be displayed.
2. Click the « Sign Up » button on the left hand side of the screen of the group you wish to attend.
3. Upon completion, you will receive a message confirming your sign up.
Distance Mode
For distance learning students:
Lectures:
You will be using the same weekly lecture slides provided for the face-to-face students. Accordingly,
the lectures from the face-to-face mode will be recorded an uploaded onto MyLo on a weekly basis
to assist you with the required learning. You are expected to follow the recorded lectures on a
regular basis.
Tutorials:
You are not required to sign up for the ‘Tutorial/Lab Groups’ as mentioned above. Similar to the
lectures, you will be using the same weekly problem set questions provided for the face-to-face
students. On a weekly basis, Rachel Nichols will conduct a one-hour online tutorial session to assist
you with the required learning. More details about the online tutorial schedule will be announced
via MyLO in week 1.
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Communication, Consultation and Appointments
TO KEEP UP WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING THIS UNIT
Check the MyLO News tool at least once every two days. The unit News will appear when you first
enter our unit’s MyLO site. Alternatively, click on the News button (towards the top of the MyLO
screen) at any time.
WHEN YOU HAVE A QUESTION
Other students may have the same question that you have. Please go to the Q&A Forum on our
course’s MyLO site. Check the posts that are already there – someone may have answered your
question already. Otherwise, add your question as a new topic. Students are encouraged to support
each other using this forum – if you can answer someone’s question, please do. We will attempt to
respond to questions within 48 business hours. If your question is related to a personal issue or your
performance in the unit, please contact the appropriate teaching staff member by email instead.
WHEN YOU HAVE AN ISSUE THAT WILL IMPACT ON YOUR STUDIES OR THE SUBMISSION OF AN
ASSESSMENT TASK
If you have a personal question related to your studies or your grades, please contact teaching staff
by email.
For general questions about the unit, please add them to the Q&A forum on our unit’s MyLO site.
This way, other students can also benefit from the answers.
A NOTE ABOUT EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE
You are expected to check your UTAS email (WebMail) on a regular basis – at least three times per
week. To access your WebMail account, login using your UTAS username and password at
https://webmail.utas.edu.au/.
You are strongly advised not to forward your UTAS emails to an external email service (such as gmail
or Hotmail). In the past, there have been significant issues where this has occurred, resulting in UTAS
being blacklisted by these email providers for a period of up to one month. To keep informed, please
use your UTAS email as often as possible.
We receive a lot of emails. Be realistic about how long it might take for us to respond. Allow at least
TWO (2) business days to reply. Staff are not required to respond to emails where students do not
directly identify themselves, are threatening or offensive, or come from external (non-UTAS) email
accounts.
When you write an email, you must include the following information. This helps teaching staff to
determine who you are and which unit you are talking about.
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Family name;
Preferred name;
Student ID;
Unit code (i.e., BEA674)
Questions
If your question is about an assessment task, please include the assessment task
number or name.
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Assessment
How Your Final Result Is Determined
In order to pass this unit you must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% of the total available
marks. Details of each assessment item are outlined below.
Assessment Schedule
Assessment Items
Due Date
Value/Weighting
1. MyLO online tests
Test 1: Week 4 starts
on 9 am Wednesday
5 August to 4 pm
Thursday 6 August
2*5%=10%
Link to Learning
Outcomes
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Test 2: Week 10 starts
on 9 am Wednesday
23 September to 4 pm
Thursday 24
September
2. Mid-semester test
Tuesday 25 August at
10:00 am
15%
3. Group Assignment
Due by Tuesday 6
October 4:00pm
15%
4. Final Exam
Examination Period
60%
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Assessment Item 1 – MyLO online tests
Task Description:
Task Length:
Assessment Criteria:
The two MyLO online tests will consist of a series of multiple choice
questions to test knowledge and ability to apply the statistical concepts.
Each test can be accessed only once within 2 days. Once students start the
test, they have to submit the test within the specified duration, usually 30
minutes.
Marks will be allocated for the correct answer.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Due Date:
Test 1: Week 4 starts on 9 am Wednesday 5 August to 4 pm Thursday 6
August
Test 2: Week 10 starts on 9 am Wednesday 23 September to 4 pm Thursday
24 September
Value:
2*5%=10%
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Assessment Item 2 – Mid-semester test
Task Description:
The mid-semester test will consist of a series of questions to test knowledge
and ability to apply the statistical concepts.
Hobart Face-to-Face Students: Please note that the test will be held on the
Tuesday 25 August during lecture hours between 10am and 11am.
Distance Learning Students: Please note that you are required to complete
the test online on Tuesday 25 August between 10am and 11am AEST as
well. Ensure that you make the necessary arrangements so that you have
access to a computer to do the test on the day and time as specified above.
Further information about the test will be provided on MyLO approximately
one week before the test commences.
Task Length:
60 minutes
Assessment Criteria:
There will be an objective assessment criteria with part marks allocated to
successfully completing steps through each of the problems. Marks will be
allocated to correctly expressing the problem in statistical terms, the choice
of statistical test/method, analysis and interpretation of the result.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Due Date:
Tuesday 25 August at 10:00 am
Value:
15%
Assessment Item 3 – Group Assignment
Task Description:
This will be an assignment with no more than 3 people for each group. You
will be expected to use secondary data and follow instructions to analyse
various statistical problems within an application.
Task Length:
N/A
Assessment Criteria:
The assignment will be assessed in terms of the key learning outcomes:
defining, measuring and interpreting the results of real-life or business data,
demonstrate the groups’ ability to use statistical techniques to analyse a
range of real-life problems, and inform individual decision-making.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Due Date:
Due by Tuesday 6 October 4:00pm
Value:
15%
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Assessment Item 4 – Final exam
Task Description:
The final exam will test all material in the unit. It will consist of multiple
choice questions and a series of problem solving questions from which the
student will need to interpret relevant data and use appropriate statistical
techniques to draw conclusions.
Task Length:
3 hours
Assessment Criteria:
There will be an objective assessment criteria with part marks allocated to
successfully completing steps through each of the problems. Marks will be
allocated to correctly expressing the problem in statistical terms, the choice
of statistical test/method, analysis and interpretation of the result.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Due Date:
Examination period
Value:
60%
Your final examination for this unit will be held during the scheduled examination period as
indicated by Student Administration in correspondence to you.
Examinations will normally be scheduled Monday to Saturday inclusive. Examinations may be held
during the day or evening and students should consult the university information which will be made
available towards the end of semester.
You are advised to make any necessary arrangements with employers now for time off during the
examination period to sit this examination. Your participation at the scheduled time is not
negotiable unless there are exceptional circumstances. Note that you will be expected to sit the
examination at your recorded study centre. To find out more go to the Exams Office website:
http://www.utas.edu.au/exams/home.
Submission of Assessment Items
Lodging Assessment Items
Assignments must be submitted electronically through the relevant assignment drop box in MyLO.
Students must ensure that their name, student ID, unit code, tutorial time and tutor’s name (if
applicable) are clearly marked on the first page. If this information is missing, the assignment will
not be accepted and, therefore, will not be marked.
Where relevant, Unit Coordinators may also request students submit a paper version of their
assignments. Students will be advised by the Unit Coordinator of the appropriate process relevant
to each campus (Hobart, Launceston or Cradle Coast).
Please remember that you are responsible for lodging your assessment items on or before the due
date and time. We suggest you keep a copy. Even in ‘perfect’ systems, items sometimes go astray.
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Late Assessment and Extension Policy
In this Policy:
1.
2.
3.
4.
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(a) ‘day’ or ‘days’ includes all calendar days, including weekends and public holidays;
(b) ‘late’ means after the due date and time; and
(c) ‘assessment items’ includes all internal non-examination based forms of assessment
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in TSBE Units at whatever Campus or geographical
location.
Students are expected to submit assessment items on or before the due date and time specified
in the relevant Unit Outline. The onus is on the student to prove the date and time of
submission.
Students who have a medical condition or special circumstances may apply for an extension.
Requests for extensions should, where possible, be made in writing to the Unit Coordinator on
or before the due date. Students will need to provide independent supporting documentation
to substantiate their claims.
Late submission of assessment items will incur a penalty of 10% of the total marks possible for
that piece of assessment for each day the assessment item is late unless an extension had been
granted on or before the relevant due date.
Assessment items submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
Academic staff do NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty, subject to clause 4 above.
Academic Referencing and Style Guide
Before starting their assignments, students are advised to familiarise themselves with the following
electronic resources.
The first is the Harvard Referencing System Style Guide, which can be accessed from the UTAS
library: http://utas.libguides.com/content.php?pid=27520&sid=199808. The Harvard style is the
appropriate referencing style for this unit and the guide provides information on presentation of
assignments, including referencing styles. In your written work you will need to support your ideas
by referring to scholarly literature, works of art and/or inventions. It is important that you
understand how to correctly refer to the work of others and maintain academic integrity.
Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty
(plagiarism), a matter considered by the University of Tasmania as a serious offence.
The second is the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics’ Writing Assignments: A Guide,
which can be accessed at: http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources ..
This guide provides students with useful information about the structure and style of assignments in
the TSBE.
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Review of Assessment and Results
Review of Internal Assessment
It is expected that students will adhere to the following policy for a review of any piece of
continuous/internal assessment. The term continuous/internal assessment includes any assessment
task undertaken across the teaching phase of any unit (such as an assignment, a tutorial
presentation, and online discussion, and the like), as well as any capstone assignment or take-home
exam.
Within five (5) days of release of the assessment result a student may request a meeting with the
assessor for the purpose of an informal review of the result (in accordance with Academic
Assessment Rule No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/academic-governance/academicsenate/academic-senate-rules . During the meeting, the student should be prepared to discuss
specifically the marks for the section(s) of the marking criteria they are disputing and why they
consider their mark(s) is/are incorrect. The assessor will provide a response to the request for
review within five (5) days of the meeting.
If the student is dissatisfied with the response they may request a formal review of internal
assessment by the Head of School, with the request being lodged within five (5) days of the informal
review being completed. A Review of Internal Assessment Form is available at the following link:
http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources/forms. The form must be
submitted to the TSBE Office.
Review of Final Exam/Result
In units with an invigilated exam students may request a review of their final exam result. You may
request to see your exam script after results have been released by completing the Access to Exam
Script Form, which is available from the TSBE Office, or at the following link –
http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources/forms. Your unit coordinator
will then contact you by email within five (5) working days of receipt of this form to go through your
exam script.
Should you require a review of your final result a formal request must be made only after
completing the review of exam script process list above. To comply with UTAS policy, this request
must be made within ten (10) days from the release of the final results (in accordance with
Academic Assessment Rule No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/academic-governance/academicsenate/academic-senate-rules . You will need to complete an Application for Review of Assessment
Form, which can be accessed from http://www.utas.edu.au/exams/exam-and-results-forms. Note
that if you have passed the unit you will be required to pay $50 for this review.
The TSBE reserves the right to refuse a student request to review final examination scripts should
this process not be followed.
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Further Support and Assistance
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assessment items, have personal or lifeplanning issues, disability or illness that may affect your study, then you are advised to raise these
with your lecturer or tutor in the first instance.
If you do not feel comfortable contacting one of these people, or you have had discussions with
them and are not satisfied, then you are encouraged to contact:
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR – POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS
Name:
Dr Rob Hecker
Room:
307, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay
Email:
[email protected]
Students are also encouraged to contact their Undergraduate Student Adviser who will be able to
help in identifying the issues that need to be addressed, give general advice, assist by liaising with
academic staff, as well as referring students to any relevant University-wide support services. Please
refer to the Student Adviser listings at www.utas.edu.au/first-year/student-advisers for your
adviser’s contact details.
There is also a range of University-wide support services available to students, including Student
Centre Administration, Careers and Employment, Disability Services, International and Migrant
Support, and Student Learning and Academic Support. Please refer to the Current Students website
(available from www.utas.edu.au/students) for further information.
If you wish to pursue any matters further then a Student Advocate may be able to assist.
Information about the advocates can be accessed from www.utas.edu.au/governance-legal/studentcomplaints. The University also has formal policies, and you can find out details about those from
that link.
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Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism
Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, allowing another student to copy work for an
assignment or an examination, and any other conduct by which a student:
(a) seeks to gain, for themselves or for any other person, any academic advantage or advancement
to which they or that other person are not entitled; or
(b) improperly disadvantages any other student.
Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the Ordinance of
Student Discipline. This can include imposition of penalties that range from a deduction/cancellation
of marks to exclusion from a unit or the University. Details of penalties that can be imposed are
available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline – Part 3 Academic Misconduct, see
http://www.utas.edu.au/university-council/university-governance/ordinances.
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else’s thoughts, writings or
inventions and representing them as your own, for example:
• using an author’s words without putting them in quotation marks and citing the source;
• using an author’s ideas without proper acknowledgment and citation; or
• copying another student’s work.
It also means using one’s own work from previously submitted assessment items if repeating a unit.
If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your assignments, please
consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines, and the academic integrity
resources on the web at http://www.utas.edu.au/academic-integrity/The intentional copying of
someone else’s work as one’s own is a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from
a fine or deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion from a unit,
a course, or the University.
The University and any persons authorised by the University may submit your assessable works to
a plagiarism checking service, to obtain a report on possible instances of plagiarism. Assessable
works may also be included in a reference database. It is a condition of this arrangement that the
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Study Schedule
Week
Start of Week
Topic/s and activities
1
Monday 13 July
2
Monday 20 July
3
Monday 27 July
Introduction, data collection and
presenting data in tables and charts
Numerical descriptive measures for
univariate data; working with bivariate
data
Basic probability
4
Monday 3 August
Discrete probability distributions
5
Monday 10 August
6
Monday 17 August
The normal distribution and other
continuous distributions
Decision making
7
Monday 24 August
Mid-term test
Due Dates
MyLO online Test 1: from
9am Wednesday 5 August
to 4 pm Thursday 6 August
Tuesday 25 August at
10:00am
Mid-Semester Break: 31 August – 4 September inclusive
8
Monday 7 September
Sampling and sampling distributions
9
Monday 14 September
Confidence Interval Estimation
10
Monday 21 September
Hypothesis testing
11
Monday 28 September
Simple linear regression
12
Monday 5 October
Multiple regression analysis
13
Monday 12 October
Regression analysis;Review and
information on examination
Examination Period: 24 October – 10 November 2015
MyLO online Test 2: from
9am Wednesday 23
September to 4 pm
Thursday 24 September
Assignment due on
Tuesday 6 October by
4:00pm
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Tutorial/Workshop Schedule
Please note that the tutorial schedule commences in week 2 of semester.
Week
Start of Week
Topic/s and activities
Venue
2
Monday 20 July
3
Monday 27 July
4
Monday 3 August
Data collection and presenting data in tables
and charts Preview MS Excel (Lab session)
Numerical descriptive measures for
univariate data; working with bivariate data
Basic probability
TEAL Computer Lab,
Centenary
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
5
Monday 10 August
Discrete probability distributions
6
Monday 17 August
The normal distribution and other
continuous distributions
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
7
Monday 24 August
Decision Making
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
Mid-Semester Break: 31 August – 4 September inclusive
8
Monday 7 September
Mid-term review
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
9
Monday 14 September Sampling and sampling distributions
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
10
Monday 21 September Confidence Interval Estimation
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
11
Monday 28 September Hypothesis testing
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
12
Monday 5 October
Simple linear regression (Lab session)
13
Monday 12 October
Multiple regression
TEAL Computer Lab,
Centenary
Tutorial room 217,
Engineer
Examination Period: 24 October – 10 November 2015
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