Statistics Project 4 (Combined) STATS4021P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This project provides Combined Honours students in Statistics and another subject with an opportunity to carry out an independent piece of work, and to present their investigation in the form of a talk and a written report.



Requirements of Entry

The normal requirement is that students should have been admitted to a Combined Honours BSc or MSci programme in Statistics and another subject, and have performed satisfactorily in Statistics 3H or Statistics 3M.


Normally, the courses prescribed in the Combined Honours programme to which the student has been admitted.


Talk (10%)

Peer review (10%)

Project report (80%)

An Honours Project - no reassessment available

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

The aims of this project are:

■ to give students experience of working independently on a statistical investigation;

■ to develop written presentation and communication skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ carry out an extended statistical investigation; 

■ describe the background to the investigation and its aims;

■ formulate questions of interest in appropriate technical and non-technical language;

■ explain the role of Statistics in answering the questions of interest;

■ choose relevant statistical methodology;

■ implement their chosen methods using statistical packages and programming as required;

■ interpret the results and write appropriate conclusions in technical and non-technical language;

■ explain clearly the implications and limitations of the investigation;

■ present the work of the investigation in the form of a talk in a well-structured, precise and clear manner;

■ present the work of the investigation in the form of a written report in a well-structured, precise and clear manner;

■ work independently, but with the support of an experienced supervisor available as required.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits