Academic year(s): 2017-2018
SCOTCAT credits : 20
ECTS credits : 10
Level : SCQF Level 11
This module provides coverage of essential statistical concepts, data manipulation and analysis methods, and software skills in commercial analysis packages. Specifically: the different types of data and their numerical/graphical treatment; data entry/import/export, basic probability theory and concepts of inference; fundamental statistical concepts with particular emphasis on sampling issues; basic statistical models and tests; introductory computer-intensive inference. The widespread commercial statistical packages SAS, SPSS are introduced and utilised with Excel for most analyses. The statistical programming language R is also given brief attention. This module is a short intensive course and is a core, preliminary, requirement for the MSc in Applied Statistics and Datamining. It covers material essential for study of the more advanced statistical methods encountered in subsequent modules.
Weekly contact: Lectures, tutorials and practicals for 4 weeks.
As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%