A First Course in Applied Statistics by Megan J. Clark and John A. Randal, now in its second edition, is specifically tailored to the needs of biology, business and social science students and is designed to equip them with the statistical skills and knowledge that will allow them to advance in their chosen discipline. The exercises which support the text are all based on recent real-world applications. Data are sourced from reports and articles written by academics and practitioners in psychology, ecology, marine biology, business, finance, economics, computing, biomedical science and environmental science, making this book relevant to current developments in these disciplines. The book has a strong local flavour with many high interest examples reflecting New Zealand and its academic community. Many exercises place New Zealand society within a global context. Others reflect research specific to New Zealanders, or by New Zealand academics, to emphasise to students the immediate relevance and applicability of this material to the student's major course of study.