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This module explores basic statistical concepts for analysing and interpreting data. The emphasis is on the practical side, although the underlying theory is also included. MINITAB and other software supplied with the module are used to analyse data and develop your understanding of statistical concepts – use of a computer is therefore essential, and you’ll receive detailed guidance for all the computer activities. The module covers exploratory methods for data analysis, models for data, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression and two-variable problems. To study this module you should have mathematical competence at the level developed by Essential mathematics 1 (MST124) and statistical competence at the level developed by Introducing statistics (M140).

Modules at Level 2 assume that you are suitably prepared for study at this level. If you want to take a single module to satisfy your career development needs or pursue particular interests, you don’t need to start at Level 1 but you do need to have adequately prepared yourself for OU study in some other way. Check with our Student Registration & Enquiry Service to make sure that you are sufficiently prepared.

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£1316.00
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Registration opens on 30/04/14

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This course is expected to start for the last time in October 2016.

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What you will study

The module begins with a brief discussion of numerical and graphical summaries of data. Fundamental statistical models for variation (such as the binomial distribution and the normal distribution) are covered, and the problem of assessing the quality of the models in a given data context is discussed. There are units on estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, regression and two-variable problems. The last unit reviews the whole module. An exercise booklet contains extra problems and exercises based on the study material, which you might like to use during the year and as part of a revision programme.

The module is based on data and prompted by problems. A typical approach might be to present a question such as ‘Is this drug better than that one?’ or ‘What is the relationship between this stimulus and that response?’ Then data are collected in order to answer the question, and the appropriate statistical methods are developed and discussed.

You will learn

Successful study of this module should improve your skills in analysing/interpreting data.

Entry

This is a Level 2 module and you’ll need to have mathematical competence at the level developed by Essential mathematics 1 (MST124) or its predecessor MST121. You are more likely to successfully complete this Level 2 module if you have acquired your prerequisite knowledge through passing one of these Level 1 modules.

For this Level 2 module, you need to have confidence and fluency with algebraic manipulation. Some familiarity with the notions of a mathematical functions  (including the logarithmic and the exponential) and of differentiation and integration would be helpful, though it is not essential. You are expected to be familiar with mathematical notation, to be able to follow some algebraic arguments and to use formulas. You are assumed to have had some experience of basic use of a computer.

To determine whether you are adequately prepared for this module try our Diagnostic Quiz.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

If you have a disability

The study materials are available in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and mathematical, scientific, and foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. You will need to spend considerable amounts of time using a personal computer. Our Services for disabled students website has the latest information about availability.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Visit our Services for disabled students website for more information, including:

  • help to determine your study requirements and how to request the support that you need  
  • Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
  • using a computer for OU study
  • equipment and other support services that we offer
  • examination arrangements
  • how to contact us for advice and support both before you register and while you are studying.

Study materials

What's included

Module books, television programmes on DVD, CD-ROM, website.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this course. It includes online activities – you can access using a web browser – and some course software provided on disk.

  • If you have purchased a new desktop or laptop computer running Windows since 2007 you should have no problems completing the computer-based activities.
  • A netbook, tablet or other mobile computing device is not suitable for this course – check our Technical requirements section.
  • If you have an Apple Mac or Linux computer – please note that you can only use it for this course by running Windows on it using Boot Camp or a similar dual-boot system.

You can also visit the Technical requirements section for further computing information including the details of the support we provide.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. We may also be able to offer group tutorials or day schools that you are encouraged, but not obliged, to attend. Where your tutorials are held will depend on the distribution of students taking the module. Contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

Please note that TMAs for all undergraduate mathematics and statistics modules must be submitted on paper as – due to technical reasons – we are unable to accept TMAs via our eTMA system.

However you will be required to submit the interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs) online.

Professional recognition

This module may help you to gain membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). For further information, see the IMA website.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2014. We expect it to be available once a year.

How to register

To register a place on this course return to the top of the page and use the Click to register button.

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Course facts
About this course:
Course code M248
Credits 30
OU Level 2
SCQF level 9
FHEQ level 5
Course work includes:
4 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
2 Interactive computer-marked assignments (iCMAs)
Examination
No residential school

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