Aims and Fit of Module
The aim of this module is to provide students with a basic introduction to statistics. Students use modern software and will gain statistical skills that are fundamental for investigations in a range of issues relevant to the environmental sciences. The module covers classical statistical theories and practices via analysis and visualization of environmental-science data.
A explain the statistical terms that are commonly used in the life sciences and in public media.
B present and interpret data correctly and effectively using graphs and tables
C demonstrate the application of data analysis using modern statistical software.
D make use of appropriate statistical methods to answer research questions.
Method of teaching and learning
The module is delivered through a series of lectures and practices. The lectures provide statistical theories and case studies in the environmental sciences. The practices use problem-oriented exercises, group work on case studies, discussions, and presentations. Students apply the knowledge learnt in the lectures and practices to the assignments and staff provides feedback to improve students understanding and applications of statistical theories in environmental sciences.