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MATH6135 Topics in Statistics

Module Overview

The module will expose students to current research topics and methods in statistics and engage students in discussions with leading researchers in the field.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• Expose students to current research topics and methods in Statistics • Engage students in discussions with leading researchers in the field

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Relate the content of research publications in Statistics to the material taught in lectures
  • Summarise a (carefully selected) recent research publication in Statistics, and critically compare its content with further publications in the area
  • Engage in discussions with authors of research publications in Statistics

Syllabus

Topic 1: Design of experiments • Background and foundations of a research topic in design of experiments • Introduction to a current research topic in design of experiments • Discussion of a current/recent research paper in design of experiments with the author Topic 2: Statistical Modelling • Background and foundations of a research topic in statistical modelling • Introduction to a current research topic in statistical modelling • Discussion of a current/recent research paper in statistical modelling with the author Topic 3: Biostatistics • Background and foundations of a research topic in biostatistics • Introduction to a current research topic in biostatistics • Discussion of a current/recent research paper in biostatistics with the author

Special Features

This module is perfectly aligned with the University of Southampton’s research-led approach to teaching.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

This module is split into three sections corresponding to three research topics in Statistics as outlined above. For each section, there will be three weeks of teaching with four contact hours per week to allow better engaging with the coursework in the remaining three weeks of the semester. Each threeweek section will be organised as follows: Week 1-2: Four lectures per week delivered by an active researcher in the topic area, private study. Some of the lectures may be replaced by example classes and/or computer labs where appropriate. Week 3: Two lectures and then two classes delivering a conference/seminar style presentation of a recent research paper (by the researcher) with subsequent questions-and-answers session and paper discussion by the students

TypeHours
Teaching36
Independent Study114
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Other. Resources will include current and very recent issues of the major statistical journals. The specific ones used will vary from year to year

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Books and Stationery equipment

Course texts are provided by the library and there are no additional compulsory costs associated with the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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