I DID THIS COURSE IN SEM 1 OF 2017!!!!
After i signed up for this course I found out that my friend's brother had done this course, and also the lady who was the receptionist at my gynecologist had done STAT1201. The brother said that this course was boring, but easy. The recpetionist said that this course was super hard.
Both slightly negative reviews, but I decided to focus on the brother's review and kept telling myself that Stats was only going to be difficult because I found it boring. And I really think that this mindset is what helped me survive!
If you keep in mind that most of the difficulty in STAT1201 comes from your lack of enthusiasm (to find the subject interesting and to learn the methods) then you'll realize how genuinly simple and easy the content is! Honestly!
The mid-semester is an open book exam and the final exam allows you to bring in a cheat sheet, so honestly there's no reason for you to have difficulty! The difficulty you have in this course, in my opinion, will be proportional to how much you take advantage of the examination system.
I found the workshops to be stressful because you have to get through like 12 questions within those 2 hours, but I did get to write down some good notes about the topic that helped my understanding A LOT!
The ethics assesment was a bit peculiar because I'd never done an ethics review before, but the markers defintily took that into consideration while marking. They knew that none of us had done any ethics before so they were quite nice.
The Island Project (which was our only 'project assingment', you can do it in a group but I decided not to) was fantastic! I know it was assesment but honestly I felt like it was a really good learning experience because you had to use what you'd learnt in class to complete it. My advice is: Keep It Simple! Keep your experiment very easy to run and very easy to quantify because you want to have an easy time analysing the data.
ONE LAST NOTE!
Dr Huang is absolutely gorgeous he's INCREDIBLY easy to talk to and his open door policy is fabulous! He's such a nice man and he wants everyone to do really well! During the Islands Project I sent him probs 20 emails with all different types of questions about the project and he would answer back within the next 3 hours and he was so helpful! He had no issue helping me with all the little nitpicky details of the assignment and I felt really supported by him.
I personally had no problem with not having the lecture slides available because Dr. Huang actually created a summary sheet for us to fill out during each lecture.
Semester 2 - 2016
Yes because people ask good questions in class that you might not hear on the recording
YES! O yes, very good for getting an explaination of the topics from a different perspective
The content is not particular exciting/ engaging and the lecturers can also only do so much to counter this. I had Alan and he was a great guy and I'm sure most students who took Stat would agree with.
Workshops were interactive and are a great chance to learn R. The group projects were pretty fun however I guess it really depends on your group.
The resource page is really extensive. There are a great number of resources there that will help you prepare for your exams and assignments. For your second group project you will use this website called "the island" which is an extensive simulation created by Michael Blumer. The scale of it is quite amazing and would require quite a bit of work.
Textbook is cheap and I recommend that you buy it second hand.
Semester 2 - 2015
I attended them but not really.
The first half of the content was quite straightforward, so the midsemester exam was easy.The ethics part of the course was probably not taken seriously enough by most students, but the way it was delivered and the inherent wishy-washy flavour of the content did not do much to help this. There were two assessments based on ethics - the ethics review and one question on the midsem. Nevertheless you could easily get by without putting much effort into ethics.
I found the second half of the course material very confusing, difficult and boring - after each and every lecture I would walk away having gained next to nothing and therefore not understanding enough to know what I was even confused about. The workshops and textbook were very useful for understanding the content, but not as useful as the WORKED SOLUTIONS TO PAST PAPERS. These things saved my life. During SWOTVAC it seemed that everything covered in lectures suddenly became clear. It's a shame this only happened during SWOTVAC because the material is actually very easy once you realise that everything you were taught are nothing more than methods used to analyse data. After this realisation I really started appreciating statistics. Too bad that only happened after the semester was over.
STAT1201 was a friendly course. The textbook was written in a highly readable and elegant manner, and activities like the A4 (artistic) project and use of student data in lectures brought some fun into the course. The research project allowed an unlimited number of group members and involved an interactive feature called The Islands which was interesting and rather humorous. It did seem as though everything was being done by the lecturers to make STAT1201 more doable and the content less daunting. Although I loathed STAT1201 at times, overall it is quite an enjoyable course.
Semester 2 - 2015
yes, but can also watch recordings
yes - can take into midsem (open book)
I was determined to enjoy this subject from the start -but the way this course was taught annihilated any enthusiasm I might have had.
The only positive thing I have to say about this course is that the content is very, very easy. And it needs to be, because the lecturers have zero skills in communicating it. Let me paint you a picture: massive unwieldy formulas everywhere, with esoteric symbols you are expected to magically know the meaning of. Half of these formulas you don't have to write down. The other half are vital. Good luck figuring out which is which. As if that weren't bad enough, sometimes you don't even get the formula, you're meant to infer it from the worked example they're doing on the board.
If you find it hard to absorb information, when it is taught as a worked example (without a general formula -or even an intro- given beforehand), you are going to hate this course. "soz 4 that" -the lecturers
Thankfully, once you get past all the mucky formalism, the ideas they're actually trying to teach are (a bit) elegant and actually make a lot of sense. (Why they couldn't edit out all the gratuitous statistics jargon I'll never know...) Also on your side: the textbook, whatever high school statistics you still remember, your prac tutors, and the online practice questions.
The best advice I could give you if you don't want to hate this course is to do the online practice questions straight after the relevant lecture. Suddenly what they were trying to say makes sense, and while filled with anger that they couldn't explain such a simple concept, you will nonetheless be much calmer about your exam. Speaking of exams, they give you access to past exams with worked answers to the questions. Which after a series of jerk moves (including barring your from a copy of the lecture slides) is actually really helpful. Make sure you attempt these if you want a good mark.
Good luck, and try not to let your brains leak out onto your lecture desk.
Semester 2 - 2014
Bachelor of Science (Genetics)
Originally, I only took STAT1201 because it was compulsory, and was advised to "get it out of the way" in first semester, first year. However, I was pleasantly surprised - I thoroughly enjoyed the course.
Personally, I found the content somewhat enlightening, linking concepts which I now see as essential to science and scientific practice - from ethics to critical thinking and data analysis. Also, compared to other 1st year Science courses with massive cohorts, STAT1201 felt a lot more personal and interactive.
The textbook was very helpful and was highly compatible with the lectures. There are lots of practice problems available on the course page, in the textbook and from workshops. However, these problems weren't entirely reflective of the examination material. Having said that, there were plenty of past exams and worked solutions to help prepare for the exams. The focus of the exams have changed slightly over the years, so it'd be best to focus on what you had focussed on, The level of difficulty of assessment was appropriate - the final exam had a mix of manageable and more thought-provoking questions. There were also quite a few opportunities to pick up some easy marks.
The management of the STAT1201 resource page (not Blackboard) and use of technology was excellent. Always kept up-to-date, accessible, resource-rich and glitch-free. A particularly useful feature was how it kept a running total of your results.
I thought the workshops were great - the problems reinforced understanding of the concepts discussed in the preceding lectures, my tutors were great, they utilised technology extremely well and was a good opportunity to make some new friends!
The lecturers were fantastic - very approachable, knowledgeable, fast with email replies, and wonderful people - Michael wrote the textbook, and Alan offered chocolate at the end of lectures. They really tried to make lectures interactive with clicker questions (basically live polling), and had some random fun like the weekly segment Bad Graph Friday in Alan's lectures.
Semester 1 - 2014
I found STAT1201 a lot more interesting than I expected. Some of the topics are quite difficult, especially those covered in the second half of the semester. However, the lecturers are very good and the textbook is written in a very helpful way and is very closely tied in with the lectures.
Semester 1 - 2014