|Year of offer||Not available in 2018|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
The subject will outline basic statistical methods for analyzing climate dynamics, with the aim of understanding the physical mechanisms driving the observed structures . The subject will start with the principles of decision making in statistical anlaysis (significance tests), will then dicsuss the basics of probability theory, time series, stochastic models and multi-variate data (pattern) analysis. The focus here will not be on deriving statistical parameters, but will rather be on discussing how these methods could be applied and what the potential pitfalls in interpreting the statistical results could be.
Intended learning outcomes
- An ability to calculate and interpret the main modes of variability in the climate system;
- an ability to assess the statistical significance of climate variations and variables and to relate these to inferences about the behaviour of the climate system.
- Developing the ability to exercise critical judgement
- rigorous and independent thinking
- adopting a problem-solving approach to complex or ambiguous questions;
- high-level written report presentation skills; oral communication and presentation skills.
Eligibility and requirements
Recommended background knowledge
Some knowledge of introductory statistics and climate dynamics.
Core participation requirements
The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.
Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home
Practical exercises and problem sets due throughout the teaching period (60%) and an oral examination duethree weeks after the end of the teaching period (40%).
Dates & times
Not available in 2018
Time commitment details
Additional delivery details
This subject is taught through the Victorian Institute of Earth and Planetary Sciences: https://vieps.earthsci.unimelb.edu.au/.
NOTE - This intensive subject is hosted by Monash University
There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.