|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Statistical Consultancy Statistical Consultancy (1000-1500 word report (20%) and presentation (10%))||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Workbooks Two workbooks (2 x 35%)||70%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Resubmited failed components||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
Demonstrate understanding of advanced statistical topics.
Summarise and succinctly present results of statistical analysis.
Use the statistical programming language R to investigate topics in statistics.
Make effective choices about how to present statistical data.
Critically evaluate statistical data and make decisions about what inferences can reasonably be drawn from particular data sets.
Present the context of a statistical data set, including how the data was collected, potential problems with analyzing the data and what message the data reveal.
The second part of the course is on statistical consultancy. Students will be exposed to a range of different data sets. This section of the course is taught in a series of seminars, where group discussion and critical reflection are encouraged. Students are expected to assess the validity of the data collection methods, discuss possible approaches to analysis and think critically about what inferences may meaningfully be drawn from the available data. This includes discussions of published papers from various statistical fields.
This module will allow students to master the more advanced capabilities of R by using them to apply a variety of statistical techniques to problems in Computational Biology. Students are introduced to a variety of new techniques and applications, and proceed to study two of these in depth. Students will also gain experience of Statistical consultancy.
The statistical consultancy is presented as a set of weekly, one-hour seminars. Data sets are presented by postgraduate students and/or staff members, and through group discussions and individual reflection, students gain an understanding of how to approach new data sets and how to critically appraise different approaches to data analysis. Some of the seminars consist of discussions of peer-reviewed statistical articles, chosen to expose the group to contemporary issues in statistics and encourage critical thinking about statistical methodology.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Necessary for completion of the two workbooks.|
|Communication||Report writing on data set of student's choice.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Time management relating to the completion of assignments and preparation for seminars.|
|Information Technology||R statistical programming language used extensively in workbooks|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Report writing - essential employability skill.|
|Problem solving||Inherent in both aspects of the course (topics and statistical consultancy)|
|Research skills||Research skills used for report writing.|
|Subject Specific Skills||New statistical topics; learning to approach new data sets critically.|
|Team work||Group discussions are a key part of the seminars for the statistical consultancy.|
This module is at CQFW Level 6