The University of Southampton
Mathematical Sciences

MATH6135 Topics in Statistics

Module Overview

Aims:

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

 

Aims and Objectives

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Relate the content of research publications in Statistics to the material taught in lectures

Subject Specific Intellectual

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Engage in discussions with authors of research publications in Statistics

Subject Specific Practical

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Summarise a (carefully selected) recent research publication in Statistics, and critically compare its content with further publications in the area

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

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 three-week 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 

Resources and reading list

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

Assessment

Assessment methods

Assessment Method Hours % contribution to final mark Feedback
Coursework 100% coursework, to allow engagement in depth with the module, in particular the research aspect. In particular, there will be four pieces of coursework, with the following weighting: 40% - One substantial piece of coursework which will assess in depth the understanding of one of the topic areas covered in the module. This may include application of the taught material to research questions, summarising and critically assessing a recent research publication, or a written contribution to the paper discussion. The students can select individually which of the three topics this major piece of coursework will be on. 60% - Three moderate sized pieces of coursework, each worth 20% of the overall mark. These will cover all three topics, and may include application of the taught material to research questions and a written contribution to the paper discussion.   100% Generic feedback will be provided via email (within 2 weeks for smaller pieces of coursework, 4 weeks for large piece of coursework). Office hours for individual feedback will be offered.

Referral Method: By set coursework assignment(s)

Method of Repeat Year: Repeat year internally. Repeat year externally.

Costs

Costs associated with this course

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.

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.

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

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