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Foundations in Applied Statistics (FiAS-1)

Mon 28 Oct, Mon 4 Nov 2019

Description

This is an introductory course for students who have little or no prior training in statistics. The module is divided between lectures, in which you'll learn the relevant theory, and hands-on practical sessions, in which you will learn how to analyze real data using the statistical package Stata.

You will learn:

  • The key features of quantitative analysis, and how it differs from other types of empirical analysis
  • Basic concepts: what is a variable? what is the distribution of a variable? and how can we best represent a distribution graphically?
  • Features of statistical distributions: measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • The normal distribution
  • The basics of formal hypothesis testing
  • Why statistical testing works
  • Statistical methods used to test simple hypotheses
  • How to use Stata

For best results, students should expect to do a few hours of private study and spend a little extra time in the computer labs, in addition to coming to class.

Target audience
  • University Students from Tier 1 Departments
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
Prerequisites

Absolutely no prior knowledge is needed.

Sessions

Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 28 Oct   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Department of Genetics, Biffen Lecture, Downing Site map Dr Matthew Sparkes
2 Mon 28 Oct   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Dr Matthew Sparkes
3 Mon 4 Nov   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Department of Genetics, Biffen Lecture, Downing Site map Dr Matthew Sparkes
4 Mon 4 Nov   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 University Information Services, Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Dr Matthew Sparkes
Software

Stata

Assessment
  • Online quizzes are provided for you to check your own progress
  • There is an online open-book test at the end of the module
  • The test is compulsory for some students – please check with your Department
Reading List

Available on the module's Moodle page.

How to Book

Please complete the Basic Statistics Stream booking request form on the SSRMP website
https://www.ssrmc.group.cam.ac.uk/bookings/basic-statistics-stream-booking

Duration

8 hours over 2 weeks (4 hours lectures; 4 hours lab)

Frequency

1 morning lecture and 1 afternoon lab session per week, for 2 weeks

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Theme
Basic Statistics Stream

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