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MATH5812M Assignment in Statistics

35 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Professor A. Yu Veretennikov

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

MATH 2715 and be registered for at least 50 credits from other MATH Level 3/4 or Level 4 modules during the academic year; which must include at least 40 credits from Level 3 or 4 Statistics modules.

This module is mutually exclusive with

MATH3082Project in Pure Mathematics 1
MATH3083Project in Pure Mathematics 2
MATH3422Project in Applied Mathematics
MATH3752Project in Statistics 1
MATH3753Project in Statistics 2
MATH5082MAssignment in Pure Maths
MATH5422MAssignment in Applied Mathematics

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Students must contact the module manager before choosing this module, before the end of the previous session.


An extended study of an advanced topic in statistics through independent study under supervision of a member of staff. On completion of this module, students should be able to:

(a) search independently through various sources;
(b) link together explanations of the topic;
(c) produce a critical assessment of the sources;
(d) produce a report and describe its contents orally.


The project is suitable for students wishing to specialise in Statistics. The student may choose a project suggested by the Department, or put forward their own suggested topic for approval. 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 assignment. The material may be available in textbooks, although the development of the topic will preferably not follow any one textbook completely. Often some form of data analysis may be involved.

2. Supervision. The supervisor will provide the student with a fairly detailed outline of the contents of the topic, including names or brief descriptions of the main concepts. This will be given in writing to the student and a copy retained by the supervisor. The student will be able to consult the supervisor in case of difficulty. The supervisor may suggest examples for the student to attempt, or modifications of the original assignment. 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. The student will be required to draw up their own detailed notes on the topic, profusely illustrated with examples. The notes may resemble those collected on a lecture course, or written in the form of a review article, or form the basis of a statistical analysis. Material should be taken from more than one source but should be written in the student's own words.

4. Assessment. At the end of the assignment the student's report, together with the comments of the supervisor will all be collected together for the final assessment and grading. The report must be handed in by the end of week 11 of the second semester. There will be a brief oral presentation given by the student to the supervisor and an internal assessor, followed by some questions. This will be used as part of the final grade. The assessment will take into account how much of the original assignment was eventually covered, the nature and number of corrections that had to be made, and the understanding of the material covered. It is not to be expected that there will be no mistakes or inconsistencies, and the supervisor would not prevent work being presented for assessment because of their existence. The assignment 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 hours335.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)350.00

Private study

Directed reading.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Meetings with supervisor, supervisor reporting to assessor.

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
AssignmentReport submitted by week 10 of semester 2 and oral assessment during the semester 2 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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