This module runs in Term 1 and is core for students on an MSc in Statistics. It is not available for undergraduate students.
Students on the Diploma and MSc often had diverse academic backgrounds. This course complements ST903 Statistical Methods in giving a common starting point to the programme, with an emphasis on learning skills in practical statistics.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
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Data structures, appropriateness of data (relevance to the scientific question(s), completeness, quality etc.), representation of data (choice of the form, optimal layout, misleading representation etc.), strategies to explore certain aspects of the data
choice of model, discussion of model assumptions, fitting models, validation and comparison of models, prediction, sensitivity analysis (in respect to assumptions and sample data), simulation
translating scientific queries into statistical questions, classification of investigations, drawing scientific conclusions from statistical analysis
Basic use of R, search for commands in help files and understand them, dealing with data (collecting, typing in, downloading, storing, sharing etc.)
listening, asking questions, explaining analysis approach and delivering results to a nonstatistician, writing a report.
Type  Required 

Lectures  20 sessions of 1 hour (13%) 
Practical classes  10 sessions of 2 hours (13%) 
Private study  36 hours (24%) 
Assessment  74 hours (49%) 
Total  150 hours 
Weekly revision of lecture notes and materials, wider reading, practice exercises, learning to code in R and preparing for examination.
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.
Weighting  Study time  

Assignment 1 & 2  50%  72 hours 
Due in Term 1 Week 6. 

Oncampus Examination  50%  2 hours 
The examination paper will contain four questions, of which the best marks of THREE questions will be used to calculate your grade. ~Platforms  AEP,Moodle

Feedback for reports will be available within 20 working days.
Cohort level feedback and solutions will be provided for the examination.
If you pass this module, you can take:
This module is Core for: