Statistical Consulting Centre


Associate Professor Marijka Batterham
Phone:  +61 2 4221 8190
Location: Building 39C Room 266

Admin Support

EIS Research Office
Phone: +61 2 4221 4890
Location: Building 6 Room 102


Courses are generally run in o-week and the mid-year break, please contact for further information on course dates.

An Introduction to R and RStudio

Provides an introduction to data management and analysis in R using RStudio. Content: importing data, basic summary statistics and plots, hypothesis testing: t-tests, proportions, correlation, linear regression. Information is provided on both traditional R and using the “tidyverse”.

An Introduction to SPSS

Provides an introduction to data management and analysis in SPSS. Content: defining variables, graphical techniques, importing & saving data, computing new variables, hypothesis testing: t-tests, proportions, correlation, linear regression.

How to Analyse Data

How to Analyse Data is a 3 day introductory statistics course. The course is designed for postgraduate students and staff, with NO previous statistical training, who are required to use statistical methods. The material covered is similar to that covered in an introductory statistics subject. The course involves extensive use of the software package SPSS. The statistical methods covered include:

  • Contingency tables and the chi squared statistic,
  • t-tests and one way Analysis of Variance,
  • Correlation, simple and multiple linear regression and logistic regression,
  • The general linear model and logistic regression with continuous and categorical variables (both of these will be taught only as an introduction to the topic).
Data science, Data mining and machine learning

Basic introduction to common data mining and machine learning methods using the “Rattle” package in R. Assumes basic familiarity with standard statistical methods particularly regression.


The Statistical Consulting Centre in the National Institute of Applied Statistics Research Australia and associated with the School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics provides postgraduate students and staff members of the University of Wollongong with statistical consulting assistance for research. The service aims to improve the statistical content of research carried out by members of the University. Researchers from all disciplines may use the Centre. Priority is currently given to staff members and postgraduate students undertaking research for Doctor of Philosophy or Masters' degrees. The centre does not provide consulting support for honours students.

How we can help

It is important that University researchers consult the Centre at the beginning of their investigation, so that their research will include clear research hypotheses and well-designed data collection processes as these are basic to any analysis.

The assistance provided by the Statistical Consulting Centre includes advice on:

  • The planning of experiments,
  • Designing questionnaires,
  • Data collection,
  • Data entry and management,
  • Statistical analyses,
  • The presentation of results.

Planning the data gathering process is crucial to research, and consulting with the Statistical Consulting Centre at this stage will reap the most reward.

The Statistical Consulting Centre can arrange for later data entry and statistical analyses for those who wish to pay for these services rather than do the work themselves.

Currently the Statistical Consulting Centre provides each University researcher with a free initial consultation. Up to ten hours per calendar year of consulting time maybe provided without charge if research funding is not available. When researchers require more consulting time, or receive external funding, a service charge is necessary.

For an appointment

Please complete an initial appointment application form and submit to EIS Research.

Last reviewed: 29 March, 2018