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

Short Description

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



Project (100%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

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.