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.
|Area of Study:
Available Practical Mathematics and Statistics papers
|Occurrence / Location
|Statistics for Science
|24B (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.
|Introduction to Statistical Methods
|24A (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.
|24A (Hamilton), 24A (Tauranga), 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hainan University, Haikou, China)
|A study of the fundamental techniques of algebra and calculus.
|24A (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.
|Occurrence / Location
|Practical Data Science
|24B (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.
|Mathematical Tools for Scientists
|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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