Environmental Statistics (Level M) STATS5031

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides an appreciation of the application of statistical methods and concepts to problems in Environmental Science. It also provides an introduction to the statistical aspects of environmental policy, regulation and management.

Timetable

Lectures: 2 hours per week (At times to be arranged)

Tutorials: fortnightly (at times to be arranged)

Practical: 2, two hour data-analysis sessions

Requirements of Entry

The normal requirement is that students should have been admitted to a Master's-level programme in Statistics.

Excluded Courses

STATS4009 Environmental Statistics

Co-requisites

Courses prescribed in the Master's programme to which the student has been admitted.

Assessment

Examination 65%

Coursework (2 lab reports) 10%

Case Study 10%

Policy critique 15%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

to provide an appreciation of the application of statistical methods and concepts to problems in Environmental Science.

to provide an introduction to the statistical aspects of environmental policy, regulation and management

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Knowledge and Understanding

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

■ describe the variability in environmental sampling and monitoring results

■ communicate uncertainties

■ explain the statistical basis of directives, legislation and compliance testing

■ design sampling and monitoring schemes and evaluate their efficiencies

■ analyse the state of the environment and to report on evidence of change

■ estimate and interpret trends in space and time and their significance

■ model spatial and temporal correlations

■ read and critically appraise official policy and directive documents (the technical aspects thereof)

Skills and Other Attributes

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

■ critically review the evidence for and against environmental statements as seen in the popular and scientific press

■ understand and explain environmental regulation and policies

■ understand and communicate scientific uncertainty

interpret environmental change in space and time.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None