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MT4113   Computing in Statistics

Academic year(s): 2017-2018

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: 12.00 noon Mon (odd weeks) and Wed, 12.00 noon - 2.00 pm Fri

The aim of this module is to teach computer programming skills, including principles of good programming practice, with an emphasis on statistical computing. Practical work focusses on the widely-used statistical language and environment R. Practical skills are developed through a series of computing exercises that include (1) modular programming; (2) manipulating data; (3) simulating data with specific statistical properties, (4) investigating behaviour of statistical procedures under failure of statistical assumptions.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): If not already passed you must take MT2508

Co-requisite(s): If not already passed you must take MT2508

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1.5-hour lectures (x 10 weeks), 2-hour practical classes (x 10 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 35

Guided independent study hours: 115

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 40%, Coursework = 60%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 40%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 60%

Re-assessment: 1-hour 40 minute Written Examination = 40%, Coursework (4 new programming assignments) = 60%


Module coordinator: Prof L J Thomas
Module teaching staff: Prof L Thomas, Dr E Rexstad