SSS076 Introduction to Statistics (2)

This subject will review the necessary mathematics and statistics prerequisite skills required by students about to study subjects including Business Statistics (QBM117), Scientific Statistics (STA201), Postgraduate Scientific Statistics (STA401/501), Mathematics and Statistics in Health Sciences (MTH135), Business Data Analysis (QBM120), Foundations of Psychology 2 (PSY102) and An Introduction to Research, Ethics and Reasoning (PSY115). The topics to be covered include basic numeracy, calculator skills, introductory algebra, straight line graphs, introductory probability and statistics.


Term 1 (75)
Orange Campus
Term 2 (15)
Orange Campus
Term 3 (45)
Orange Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SSS076. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


Division of Student Services

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain and apply the concepts of basic arithmetic;
  • be able to use a calculator confidently and correctly;
  • be able to explain and apply the concepts of basic algebra;
  • be able to plot and interpret straight line graphs;
  • be able to explain and apply basic concepts of probability; and
  • be able to explain and apply methods used in descriptive statistics.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Arithmetic: place value, order of operations, indices, scientific notation, relationship between decimals, fractions and percentages, rounding, inequality notation
  • Calculator skills: focus on specific calculator skills encountered in statistics
  • Introductory algebra: substituting into formulae and changing the subject of a formula
  • The straight line graph: know meaning of gradient and y intercept
  • Introductory probability
  • Descriptive statistics: measures of centre and variation only. Focus on using statistics functions on calculators for mean, standard deviation and variance Formulae not required
  • Introduction to using the descriptive statistics functions in Excel

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SSS076 in Term 3 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Assessment item 1 - quiz
Assessment item 2 - quiz

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.