STA308 Experimental Design and Analysis (8)

CSU Discipline Area: Mathematics and Statistics (MASTA)

Duration: One session


Proper experimental design is a prerequisite to the efficient and cost effective resolution of comparative quantitative research questions. This subject introduces experimental design and analysis by examples and by the study of the underlying linear model. Use of appropriate computer packages allows testing of assumptions and investigation of advanced topics. Extensions of the basic methodology are explored.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Locations

Session 1
Internal Wagga Wagga
Distance Wagga Wagga

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: STA308

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.


STA201 or STA401 or QBM217

Enrolment restrictions:

Not available to students who have completed STA508 .


Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:

Be able to identify situations for which a linear model is appropriate;
Be able to design and check basic experiments;
Be able to perform the analysis of such experiments and report the results in terms of the original problem;
Be able to critically test any assumptions underpinning the use of the linear model;
Be able to perform design and analysis tasks on recognised software platforms.


The subject will cover the following topics:

Principles of experimental design;
Simple Regression: review;
Polynomial and multiple linear regression;
Principles of experimental design, including:
• Completely randomised designs;
• Randomised Block designs;
• Latin Square designs;
• Split Plot designs;
Multiple comparison methods;
Diagnostic checking of the basic model;
Factorial experiments;
Analysis of variance;
Covariance analysis;
Transformation methods;
Statistical software.


The information contained in the 2013 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 24 April 2013. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.