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SFY0002 : Basic Statistics

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Aleksandra Svalova
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To develop confidence in using and questioning statistical data.By the completion of the course students will understand the principles of data collection. They will
also have a basic knowledge of data interpretation, data analysis and statistical inference.
Students will be able to present data in numerical, graphical and tabular form. They will also have
developed their skills in project work and report writing.

Outline Of Syllabus

Exploring and summarising data, constructing and interpreting tables, representing data pictorially and functionally; Differences between surveys, censuses and experiments; Introduction to Probability; Distributions and inference.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Written Exam, report and exercises
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Asynchronous material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical62:0012:00Computer practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study154:0054:00Independent study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time51:005:00Online problems class
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures will give the students all of the knowledge needed to achieve the learning outcomes. Computer practicals using appropriate statistical software will give the students the skills needed to perform statistical analyses rapidly, and reflect modern statistical practices in industry and academia.
Through independent study and asynchronous material the students will gain a deeper understanding of the in-course material.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination902A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M14Project work: This includes using statistical software to perform analysis on a data set and writing a report (no more than 8 pages including appendix).
Prob solv exercises2M16Problem solving exercise
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises2MStudents will get feedback on their first set of problem solving exercises.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The project and two assessed problem-solving exercises will give the students the opportunity to practise the methods introduced in the course. They will also develop their problem solving and report writing skills. The exam tests the student’s ability to apply the theory to relevant questions.

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