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ES3002   Analytical and Statistical Methods in Earth Sciences

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 11.00 am - 1.00 pm Mon (analytical methods), 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm Thu (stats)

This module covers the principles behind, and practical application of, analytical science and data handling in Earth Sciences. Four key analytical methods are presented and students operate instruments under technical supervision. Statistical training includes (i) understanding data types, (ii) data presentation and basic descriptive statistics, (iii) probability, (iv) hypothesis testing using parametric statistics, (v) correlation and regression, (vi) introduction to numerical methods. Students will be introduced to analytical methods available within the school. Skills taught here reinforce Earth Sciences honours teaching, particularly the independent research project module.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass ES2001 and ( pass ES2002 or pass ES2003 )

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: Lectures, practicals, tutorials and lab time averaging 5 hours per week.

Scheduled learning hours: 55

Guided independent study hours: 95

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Oral Examination = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr R Wilson, Dr M Claire, Dr Nicky Allison, Dr. Andrea Burke, Dr Eva Stueeken, Prof A Finch