MTH2222 - Mathematics of uncertainty - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Mathematical Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Andrea Collevecchio


Dr Andrea Collevecchio

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


MTH1030, MTH1035, or ENG1005, or equivalent


At least one of MTH2010, MTH2015, MTH2021, MTH2025, MTH2040 or ENG2005


Introduction to probability - a mathematical treatment. Topics include: probability axioms, conditional probabilities and the law of total probability, discrete and continuous random variables, univariate and multivariate distributions, independence and conditioning, conditional distributions and conditional expectations, moment generating functions, simulation, the law of large numbers and the central limit theorem.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic concepts of probability including conditioning and independence, univariate and multivariate probability distributions, expectations, generating functions and limit theorems;
  2. Appreciate the relevance of probability models to a variety of areas including Science, Engineering, Actuarial Science and Finance;
  3. Derive means, variances, moments and distributions in a variety of univariate and multivariate contexts;
  4. Use conditioning and moment generating functions to solve a variety of problems involving two or more events or random variables;
  5. Understand the way random numbers are generated;
  6. Formulate in probabilistic terms real-life situations involving uncertainty.


End of semester examination (3 hours): 60% (Hurdle)

Continuous assessment: 40% (Hurdle)

Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit a student must achieve at least 50% overall and at least 40% for both the end-of-semester examination and continuous assessment components.

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour applied class per week

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