Statistics Project and Dissertation (with Placement) STATS5090P
- Academic Session: 2019-20
- 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 a placement in another organisation (industry, government, etc.), and to present their investigation in the form of a dissertation.
Supervisory meetings to be arranged at certain fixed points, typically, weeks 2, 5/6 and 8/9, with additional weekly support sessions.
Requirements of Entry
Selection for this project will be on the basis of successfully securing an appropriate industrial placement and getting it approved by a date (around April) specified by the MSc Programme Director.
Statistics Project and Dissertation (STATS5029P)
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Interim assessment (20%, including a presentation and mini-viva) + dissertation (80%).
This course aims to provide students with an opportunity to practice their data-analytic skills acquired on the programme. It is intended that most project focus on the analysis of a complex real-world data set using advanced data analytic methods and/or on the development of software to carry out complex data-analytic tasks. The course also aims to train students in discussing their work with others, presenting it to an audience and synthesising conclusions in a report.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Course
By the end of this course students will be able to:
1. design and execute a project plan for an appropriate data analysis or software development project;
2. investigate and discuss the merits and risks involved in the approach taken as well as other strategies that could have been employed;
3. integrate and consolidate the knowledge and skills they have gained from other components of their degree programme;
4. implement and/or use both standard and advanced data analytic methods in a real-world context;
5. critically reflect upon their work discussing assumptions and limitations;
6. present key results and conclusions to both technical and non technical audiences; and
7. document their work and synthesise and write up results and conclusions in a concise report.
8. defend their analysis and conclusions in a mini-viva.
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.