MAT9D2 - Practical Statistics

SCQF Level: 8
Availability: Spring
Course Prerequisite: SCE Standard Grade Pass in Mathematics or its equivalent.
Credit Value: 20 (1 module)


This module provides a multi-contextual introduction to Statistics with the objective of stimulating further study of the subject. It is aimed at both those planning to take a degree involving Mathematics and those non-Mathematicians expecting to have to use Statistics in their chosen course of study and proposed future career.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to identify appropriate numerical and graphical summaries of data, perform statistical tests and corresponding confidence intervals for a specified range of situations, validate the assumptions underlying these techniques and draw appropriate conclusions relating to real-life problems.


1. Exploratory data analysis.
2. Statistical Inference.
3. Analysis of Relationships
4. Categorical Data
5. Time series.

Transferable Skills

The ability to present, analyse and interpret data with the use of a spreadsheet package and a statistical package.


Any introductory textbook on Statistics, e.g.
MOORE and McCABE, "Introduction to the Practice of Statistics", W.H. Freeman (1989)

Teaching Format

3 one-hour lectures and a 1.5 hour workshop per week.


40% coursework (2 projects), 60% examination.

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