Module Identifier MA26510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr John A Lane  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite MA11310  
Mutually Exclusive MX36510  
Course delivery Lecture   11 x 1 hour lectures  
  Practical   11 x 2 hour practical classes  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam3 Hours (practical examination)  60%
Semester Assessment Course Work:  40%
Supplementary Assessment3 Hours (practical examination)  100%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, a student should be able to:

Brief description

There is an increasing demand in the workplace for personnel skilled in the analysis and interpretation of data. This module covers the basic skills of a practising statistician and includes also the preparation of reports.


This module will give students a thorough grounding in the methods used by a practising statistician.


  1. DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS: Interpretation of data presented in numerical and graphical forms. Report writing.
  2. BASIC IDEAS: Estimates and standard errors of means, proportions, sums and differences. Fitting straight lines, correlation.
  3. CONFIDENCE STATEMENTS: Construction and interpretation of confidence intervals for means, rates and proportions. Confidence limits for the difference between parameters.
  4. HYPOTHESIS TESTING: Hypothesis tests; interpretation of p-values; Binomial, Poisson and Normal cases. Paired and unpaired two sample t-tests.
  5. STATISTICAL PROCESS CONTROL: Basic ideas; control charts; process capability.
  6. LINEAR REGRESSION: Interval estimation and tests for slope, intercept and fitted line. Prediction.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Barbara Ryan, Brian L. Joiner (2001) Minitab Handbook 4th. Duxbury 0534370934
F Daly, D J Hand, M C Jones, A D Lunn & K J McConway (1995) Elements of Statistics Addison Wesley 0201422786
** Supplementary Text
D D Wackerley, W Mendenhall & R L Scheaffer (2002) Mathematical Statistics with Applications 6th. Duxbury. 0534377416


This module is at CQFW Level 5