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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MATH3752 Project in Statistics 1

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Professor A. Yu Veretennikov

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

MATH2715 or MATH2735, and enrolled on at least 30 credits of other Statistics modules at level 3.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MATH3082Project in Pure Mathematics 1
MATH3083Project in Pure Mathematics 2
MATH3422Project in Applied Mathematics
MATH3753Project in Statistics 2
MATH5082MAssignment in Pure Maths
MATH5422MAssignment in Applied Mathematics
MATH5812MAssignment in Statistics

This module is not approved as an Elective


To study a real statistical problem or some aspect of statistics, and prepare a suitable report under the supervision of a member of staff.

On completion of this module, students should be able to:
(a) search independently through various sources for work already done in the topic;
(b) link together explanations of the topic from various sources;
(c) present a report for assessment which will involve a complete set of coherent notes;
(d) describe orally the contents of their report;
(e) investigate some chosen topic in statistics in some depth.


This project is suitable for students wishing to specialise in Statistics. A supervisor will be allocated to oversee the details of the project work. 1. Choice of topic. Each student will be allocated to a supervisor who will be responsible for the detailed description of the project. The material may be available in textbooks, although the development of the topic will preferably not follow any one textbook completely. Usually some form of data analysis is involved. 2. Supervision. The supervisor will provide the students with a fairly detailed outline of the contents of the topic. This will be given in writing to the student and a copy retained by the supervisor. Students will be able to consult the supervisor in case of difficulty, but normally supervision will take place as a group. The supervisor may suggest modifications of the original project. As much as possible of the supervisor's comments, questions and suggestions will be given to the student in writing and a copy retained by the supervisor. 3. Student's work. Students may work together but each student will be required to draw up their own detailed notes on the topic, profusely illustrated with examples. This might involve copying some passages direct from a textbook but the student should preferably rewrite material in his/her own words. The examples could be taken from a textbook, provided they are not also worked out there. 4. Assessment. At the end of the project each student's notes and examples, together with the comments of the supervisor will all be collected together for the final assessment and grading. The work must be handed in by the end of week 11 of the semester in which it is taken. There will be a brief oral presentation given by each student to the supervisor and an internal assessor, followed by some questions. This will take place during the exam period and will be used as part of the final grade. The assessment will take into account how much of the original assignment was eventually covered and the understanding of the material covered. It is not to be expected that there will be no mistakes or inconsistencies. The project grading will be done by the supervisor in consultation with an independent assessor. The final assessment and grading will be studied by the external examiner.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours142.00
Total Contact hours8.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ProjectReport submitted by week 11 and oral assessment during the examination period100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 01/04/2009


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