Environmental Statistics STATS4009

  • Academic Session: 2018-19
  • School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

to provide an appreciation of the application of statistical methods and concepts to problems in Environmental Science.

To provide an introduction to the statistical aspects of environmental policy, regulation and management

Timetable

Lectures: 2 hours per week (At times to be arranged)

Tutorials: fortnightly (at times to be arranged)

Practical: 2, two hour data-analysis sessions, Friday 2.00 - 4pm

Requirements of Entry

See S4H/S4M Single.

Excluded Courses

STATS5031 Environmental Statistics (Level M)

Co-requisites

Other 4h (Single) Modules

Assessment

Examination 80%; Coursework (2 lab reports) 10%; Case Study 10%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

to provide an appreciation of the application of statistical methods and concepts to problems in Environmental Science.

to provide an introduction to the statistical aspects of environmental policy, regulation and management

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Knowledge and Understanding

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

■  describe the variability in environmental sampling and monitoring results

■  explain the statistical basis of directives, legislation and compliance testing

■  analyse the state of the environment and to report on evidence of change

■  estimate and interpret trends in space and time and their significance

■  read and critically appraise official policy and directive documents (the technical aspects thereof)

Skills and Other Attributes

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ critically review the evidence for and against environmental statements as seen in the popular and scientific press

■ understand and explain environmental regulation and policies

■ interpret environmental change in space and time.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

none