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Practical Mathematics and Statistics

Equip yourself with a solid quantitative foundation in mathematics and data analytics to support your scientific study and/or employment prospects.

Practical Mathematics and Statistics is available as a minor

In this subject, you'll gain practical skills and knowledge necessary in the workplace and for future study. You'll explore mathematical tools, statistical methods and modelling in real life situations and come away with a toolkit of techniques and the ability to apply them in your work or study field.

Graduates who complete the minor in Practical Mathematics and Statistics will be able to:

- Demonstrate understanding of commonly used mathematical tools,

- Perform commonly use statistical methods,

- Apply knowledge of mathematical modelling in real life situations, and

- Convert raw data into actionable reports and analysis.

This minor has been designed to support students to be more productive in their chosen employment pathways and more attractive to prospective employers.

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Key information

Study Location:Hamilton
Area of Study:

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DATAX111Statistics for Science15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Tauranga) & 24C (Hamilton Waikato College)
An introductory paper in statistics that uses Microsoft Excel. Topics include the collection and presentation of data, basic principles of experimental design, hypothesis testing, regression and the analysis of categorical data.
DATAX121Introduction to Statistical Methods15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Secondary School - Unistart) & 24X (Hainan University, Haikou, China)
An introduction to statistical data collection and analysis. Topics include general principles for statistical problem solving; some practical examples of statistical inference; and the study of relationships between variables using regression analysis.
MATHS103Mathematics 1A15.024A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hainan University, Haikou, China)
A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus.
MATHS165General Mathematics15.024A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton Waikato College)
An introduction to algebra, calculus and applications for students without NCEA Level 3 Mathematics. Students who meet the prerequisites of MATHS103 should take this paper instead, followed perhaps by MATHS104.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
DATAX201Practical Data Science15.024B (Hamilton), 24B (Online) & 24B (Tauranga)
This paper gives students practical experience for the entire data science process. It covers the data collection process, data cleaning and manipulation, and data visualisation and presentation.
MATHS204Mathematical Tools for Scientists15.024A (Hamilton)
This paper gives students a practical introduction to mathematical modelling and real-world problem solving, especially as it relates to science.

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