DATAX12123A (HAM)
Introduction to Statistical Methods
15 Points
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What this paper is about
DATAX121 introduces a set of statistical methods used in various disciplines for data analysis—see Topics below for further details. These disciplines include statistics, data science, computer science, natural sciences, health sciences, and social sciences. In particular, DATAX121 aims to improve students' understanding of statistical methods and when they can use them.
We use R because of its popularity in academia and industry and RStudio as the preferred integrated work environment. R and RStudio are opensource software and free to download and use.
DATAX121 does not require students to have any prior programming experience to succeed in the paper.
How this paper will be taught
Students are expected to attend lectures, workshops, and computer labs.
Lectures
Three lectures per week; see the timetable below for the schedule. The lectures provide the paper's background, theoretical material, and general information.
Workshops
One workshop per week is held in the second hour of the Friday lecture block, that is, from 12pm to 1pm on Fridays. The workshops provide the R programming material for the paper.
Labs
One computer lab per week, starting from the second week of teaching at the R.G.12 computer laboratory. The lab assignments are designed to reinforce the material covered in the previous week's lectures and provide practice in using R for data analysis. Also, statistics demonstrators can help you during scheduled lab times.
Signup for computer labs will be available online via Moodle—You should ONLY attend the lab you signed up for all of A trimester.
You will need to have
 A calculator for the tests and the final exam.
 Access to a computer or laptop that can run R and RStudio.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
Assessments
How you will be assessed
The assessment items are listed here. For the percentage contributions to the overall mark, see the table below.
 Admin Quiz
 Best NINE out of eleven Lab Assignments
 TWO Tests
 Final Exam
The "D" rule: The requirements for an unrestricted pass (C or better) are a minimum overall mark of 50% for the whole paper and a minimum mark of 40% for the final exam.
Please note that, as part of any assessment, students may be asked to complete an oral examination (viva voce) at a later date.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 50:50. The final exam makes up 50% of the overall mark.