Statistics Project and Dissertation STATS5029P
- Academic Session: 2018-19
- School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
- Credits: 60
- Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
- Typically Offered: Summer
- Available to Visiting Students: No
- Available to Erasmus Students: No
This project provides Master's-level students in Statistics with an opportunity to carry out an independent piece of data analysis, and to present their investigation in the form of a talk and a dissertation.
Requirements of Entry
Main Assessment In: April/May
The aims of this course are:
■ to give students experience of working independently to analyse an extensive dataset in a discipline of interest to them;
■ to develop written and verbal presentation and communication skills.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
■ integrate the knowledge and skills they have gained from other components of their degree programme in order to carry out an extended piece of data analysis;
■ investigate and describe in detail the background to the project;
■ formulate the aims of the analysis and specific questions of interest in appropriate technical and non-technical language;
■ explain the role of statistics in answering the questions of interest;
■ identify relevant statistical methodology, if necessary including methods not formally introduced in other components of their degree programme;
■ formulate an appropriate analysis plan, and update it as required;
■ implement their chosen methods using statistical packages and programming as required;
■ check the validity of the assumptions underpinning their chosen methods;
■ interpret the results and write appropriate conclusions in technical and non-technical language;
■ explain clearly the implications and limitations of the analysis;
■ communicate effectively with investigators from another discipline who provide the data and wish to understand the statistical results;
■ present the work of the project orally to an audience in a well-structured, precise and clear manner;
■ present the work of the project 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
Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.