Module Identifier MA12810  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Mr Alan Jones  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr John A Lane, Mr Alan Jones  
Pre-Requisite C grade or better in GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent).  
Course delivery Practical   11 x 2 hours practicals.  
  Lecture   11 x 1 hour lectures  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Coursework. Practical assignments (equal weight to each package).100%
Supplementary Assessment2 Hours Practical Examination  100%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

Brief description

Throughout, the emphasis is on the use of the computer system as a practical tool to facilitate the presentation and analyses of data gained, perhaps, by experiment, survey or field-work. Through familiarity with a variety of packages and their online help systems, students will be enabled to come to terms with new packages more easily and become aware of their capabilities.


This module provides an introduction to three very different packages: a microcomputer spreadsheet package, a statistics package and a mainframe graphics suite. The packages offer contrasting user interfaces. The philosophy of the course will be to provide students with tools that they can use elsewhere in their studies.


1. SPREADSHEET: Overview of spreadsheets; entering and formatting information; formulae and functions; copying cell contents; manipulating a (large) spreadsheet; simple macros; error tracking.
2. STATISTICS PACKAGE: Overview of the package; use of the help facility; input, manipulation and correction of data; a selection of applications from exploratory data analysis, linear regression and testing hypotheses; incorporating output into Word documents.
3. GRAPHICS SYSTEM: Introduction to the system; data input and operations; creating and editing graphs and maps; types of map; interpolation; changing the viewpoint; incorporating maps into Word documents.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Greg Harvey (1994) Excel for Dummies 2nd. IDG Books 1568840500
Barbara Ryan, Brian L. Joiner (2001) Minitab Handbook 4th. Duxbury 0534370934


This module is at CQFW Level 4