Professional Skills (Level M) STATS5023
- Academic Session: 2018-19
- School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
- Credits: 10
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Semester 2
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
A practical, lab-based course which delivers experience in the key skills needed by the professional statistician: communication and presentation of results from a statistical analysis.
Practical: 5, 2-hour data-analysis sessions (alternate weeks)
Workshop: 5, 1-hour sessions (alternate weeks)
Requirements of Entry
STATS4048 Professional Skills
Laboratory work (75%)
To prepare students for their possible future role as practising statisticians;
to develop general expertise in formulating statistical approaches to practical problems in a wide variety of subject areas;
to develop written and verbal skills of presentation and communication, through case studies, teamwork exercises and associated written reports and presentations;
to provide the opportunity for active and independent learning from a series of case studies.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ perform the steps in completing a formal statistical analysis, including identifying relevant informal and formal methodology; its implementation and validation;
■ critically collate results and conclusions;
■ interpret the output of R and SAS procedures.
■ Use basic features of word-processing and presentation software;
■ work independently, as well as in teamwork on practical data analysis;
■ explain results and conclusions to the client;
■ present the results of analyses both orally, to an audience, and in the form of written reports;
■ critically review statistical analyses reported in the literature.
Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.