Introductory description
This module runs in Term 1 and is only available to students with their home department in Statistics.
The student numbers on this module are strictly limited to 50 and preregistration will be required.
Please see http://go.warwick.ac.uk/ST344 for preregistration information and selection criteria.
Module web page
Module aims
The module will introduce students to statistical problem solving and the statistical investigative cycle from problem formulation to the communication of conclusions. Students will be trained in teamwork, leadership and communication/presentation skills.
Broadly speaking, the intention of this module is to complement the more specialized and/or technical modules that our students take, by emphasising the skills needed to translate technical knowhow into professional practice.
Outline syllabus
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
 The statistical investigative cycle
 Data collection and quality
 Exploratory analysis of data
 Data analysis and visualisations using R
 Oral presentations and academic writing skills
 Writing for a nonspecialist audience
 Teamwork, leadership and (multinational) communication
Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
 Understand the elements of a statistical investigative cycle
 Perform a statistical investigation for a simple problem
 Produce numerical and graphical output from R to support a statistical investigation
 Communicate the results of a statistical analysis in a written report and online
 Understand approaches to and issues in teamwork, leadership and communication
 Work effectively in a collaborative team
Indicative reading list
View reading list on Talis Aspire
Subject specific skills
TBC
Transferable skills
TBC
Study time
Type 
Required 
Lectures 
5 sessions of 2 hours (7%)

Project supervision 
4 sessions of 30 minutes (1%)

Supervised practical classes 
6 sessions of 1 hour (4%)

Online learning (independent) 
16 sessions of 1 hour (11%)

Private study 
9 hours (6%)

Assessment 
107 hours (71%)

Total 
150 hours 
Private study description
Weekly recommended and wider reading, data analysis, group meetings and preparation for group activities.
Costs
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group A2

Weighting 
Study time 
Reflective writing on teamwork experience

10%

5 hours

Due in Term 2 Week 10. A piece of reflective writing on your team work experience during the module. Describe, critically discuss and reflect on what you have learned from the experience. This should be a personal account that describes and reflects on how you felt. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST344 Reflective piece should not exceed 2 pages in length.

Laboratory Report 1

5%

5 hours

Due in Term 1 Week 2. You will use R to carry out a series of tasks on provided data sets and you will present, discuss and evaluate the results. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST344 Laboratory Report 1 should not exceed 2 pages in length.

Laboratory Report 2

5%

5 hours

Due in Term 1 Week 4. You will use R to carry out a series of tasks on provided data sets and you will present, discuss and evaluate the results. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST344 Laboratory Report 2 should not exceed 2 pages in length.

Laboratory Report 3

5%

5 hours

Due in Term 1 Week 6. You will use R to carry out a series of tasks on provided data sets and you will present, discuss and evaluate the results. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST344 Laboratory Report 3 should not exceed 2 page in length.

Group Project Plan

5%

4 hours

Due in Term 2 Week 1. Plan for group project setting out realistic timeline with appropriate work milestones and meeting dates and provisional allocation of tasks to group members. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST344 Group Project Plan should not exceed 1 page in length.

Group Project Report

30%

30 hours

Due in Term 2 Week 7. A formal report, to professional standards, presenting the analysis and findings of the group from the data analysis task set. This document should be written for intelligent readers who do not necessarily have advanced statistical training. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST344 Group Project Report should not exceed 8 pages in length.

Individual data analysis project

30%

50 hours

Due in Term 1 Week 9. An executive summary presenting a summary of the findings to an intelligent, but not statistically trained audience. A clear statement of objectives, that is, the research questions posed. A description and critical discussion of the analysis performed to answer the research questions. A presentation and critical discussion of the findings. A bibliography listing literature and other sources. A ‘technical appendix’ in the form of either a single, annotated .Rmd file giving the details of your analysis or, if other files are needed to allow the analysis to be reproduced, a .zip archive with the .Rmd file and all other relevant files. A selfcontained HTML page containing a collection of 34 visualisations of the data. 500 words is equivalent to one page of text, diagrams, formula or equations; your ST344 project should not exceed 6 pages in length.

Group Oral Presentation

10%

3 hours

Due in Term 2 Week 8. A 12 minute professional oral presentation of the analysis and main findings, for an audience of fellow statisticians.

Assessment group R1

Weighting 
Study time 
Reassessment as an individual project

100%


This is an individual project replacing any parts of the module that need to be reassessed.

Feedback on assessment
Grades and feedback will be returned online within 20 working days of the submission deadline.
Laboratory reports and the group project plan will normally be given feedback within 5 working days.
Courses
This module is Core for:

Year 3 of
USTAG304 Undergraduate Data Science (MSci)
This module is Optional for:

USTAG300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics

Year 3 of
G300 Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics

Year 4 of
G300 Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics

Year 4 of
G300 Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics and Economics
This module is Option list A for:

Year 4 of
USTAG303 Undergraduate Data Science (with Intercalated Year)

Year 3 of
USTAG1G3 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat)

Year 4 of
USTAG1G4 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc MMathStat) (with Intercalated Year)

USTAGG14 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (BSc)

Year 3 of
GG14 Mathematics and Statistics

Year 3 of
GG14 Mathematics and Statistics

Year 4 of
USTAGG17 Undergraduate Mathematics and Statistics (with Intercalated Year)

USTAY602 Undergraduate Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics

Year 3 of
Y602 Mathematics,Operational Research,Stats,Economics

Year 3 of
Y602 Mathematics,Operational Research,Stats,Economics
This module is Option list B for:

USTAG302 Undergraduate Data Science

Year 3 of
G302 Data Science

Year 3 of
G302 Data Science

Year 3 of
USTAG300 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics

Year 3 of
USTAG301 Undergraduate Master of Mathematics,Operational Research,Statistics and Economics (with Intercalated