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

Short Description

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


Excluded Courses

STATS4048 Professional Skills


Laboratory work (75%)

Project (15%)

Talk (10%)

Course Aims

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.