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BL3320   Statistical and Quantitative Skills for Biologists

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

Few biologists are statisticians or mathematicians, but all biologists use statistics and mathematics. This series of workshops is designed to build confidence in organising and analyzing data to address biological questions efficiently. The module will help you learn how to identify statistical and quantitative approaches, and how to manage and analyse data in a code driven statistical programming package. An introductory workshop will cover basic concepts and practical training that will be used in a choice of specific workshops that cover applications across the range of Biology.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass BL2300. The pre-requisite of BL2300 is waived for bsc neuroscience students.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Varied weekly contact, but to include 1 full-day of lectures in Pre-sessional week (8-hours), plus 2 x 3-hour introductory workshops and 5 x 3-hour practical workshops during the semester

Scheduled learning hours: 29

Guided independent study hours: 71

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 80%, Coursework = 20%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 80%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 20%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 66%, Existing Coursework = 34%


Module coordinator: Prof W R L Cresswell
Module teaching staff: Team taught