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Modern applied statistics combines the power of modern computing and theoretical statistics. This subject considers the computational techniques required for the practical implementation of statistical theory, and includes Bayes and Monte-Carlo methods. The subject focuses on the application of these techniques to generalised linear models, which are commonly used in the analysis of categorical data.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of the subject, students should:
- Understand the theory and applications of various mainstream applied statistical methods;
- Be able to use appropriate statistical methods to develop effective models or inferential procedures and provide sound interpretations for real-world data analysis;
- Be able to use a computer package to perform statistical computing and data analysis.
In addition to learning specific skills that will assist students in their future careers in science, they will have the opportunity to develop generic skills that will assist them in any future career path. These include
- problem-solving skills: the ability to engage with unfamiliar problems and identify relevant solution strategies;
- analytical skills: the ability to construct andexpress logical arguments and to work in abstract or general terms to increase the clarity and efficiency of analysis;
- collaborative skills: the ability to work in a team;
- time management skills: the ability to meet regular deadlines while balancing competing commitments;
- computer skills: the ability to use statistical computing packages.
Last updated: 22 July 2020