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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MATH0365 Foundation Probability and Statistics

10 creditsClass Size: 175

Module manager: Alexander Kimbley

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

GCSE Mathematics or equivalent.

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS1275Mathematics and Statistics for Economics and Business 1A

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module covers basic concepts in statistics and probability which have applications in Business and Economics.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:

(a) process data to produce histograms etc and determine means, medians and standard deviation for discrete, continuous, grouped, ungrouped data;
(b) calculate probabilities, in particular in connection with the binomial distribution;
(c) use the standard normal curve (i) to approximate to binomial probabilities and (ii) to obtain confidence intervals.


- Data summary: Histograms
- Stem-and-leaf diagrams
- Box plots
- Measures of location
- Measures of dispersion
- Probability: Sample space
- Exclusive and complementary events
- Conditional probability
- Independent events
- Discrete random variables: Probability function and cumulative distribution function
- Expectation and variance
- Binomial and Poisson distributions
- Normal distribution: Reduction to standard form
- Use of tables.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours67.00
Total Contact hours33.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Studying and revising of course material.
Completing of assignments and assessments.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Regular problem solving assignments

!!! In order to pass the module, students must pass the examination. !!!

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course Assessment.15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)15.00

There is no resit available for the coursework component of this module. If the module is failed, the coursework mark will be carried forward and added to the resit exam mark with the same weighting as listed above.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins85.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)85.00

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: 18/01/2024


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