STA172 Introductory Mathematics and Statistics (8)


In this CSU-TPC subject, students will learn the skills and knowledge required to understand how statistics are used in real-world situations. Students will learn how to analyse and compare univariate data sets using measures of centre and measures of spread; examine and describe relationships between bivariate data sets using correlation and make predictions using linear regression. Students will also learn the skills and knowledge required to solve everyday and work related mathematical problems using calculations with integers, fractions, decimals, ratio, proportions and percentages, and the use of simple geometric properties, mensuration in two and three dimensions, basic trigonometry and introductory algebra. Students will also work with others to gather research information to support a group research project and create appropriate electronic presentations of the project findings.  

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
InternalWestern Sydney Institute
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionSY/USOffice for Students

Assumed Knowledge

Normally applicants will have Year 12 or equivalent, however applicants with other educational backgrounds will also be considered.

Enrolment restrictions

Restricted to students enrolled in the CSU Pathway Program - Diploma of General Studies.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • calculate and compare univariate data sets using measures of centre and measures of spread for populations
  • examine and describe relationships between bivariate data sets using correlation
  • use properties of angles and shapes to find associated unknown sides and angles
  • make predictions using linear regression
  • use relevant statistical language and notations appropriately
  • perform calculations with real numbers, fractions, decimals, ratio, proportions and percentages
  • solve measurement problems in two and three dimensions including perimeter, area, volume and capacity
  • perform operations in algebra and solve linear equations
  • represent and analyse linear relationships on the Cartesian plane and solve contextual problems using linear models
  • solve right angled triangle problems using Pythagoras? Theorem and trigonometric ratios
  • plan, prepare and conduct research for a group project
  • contribute to a group research project
  • develop and review the group research project
  • create electronic presentations of statistical data


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Integers, fractions and decimals
  • Ratio
  • Proportion and percentages
  • Simple geometry
  • Univariate data sets
  • Measures of centre
  • Measures of spread
  • Correlation
  • Linear regression
  • Data collection
  • Statistical research project
  • Electronic presentations


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.