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MATH6166 Statistical Computing for Data Scientists

Module Overview

Introduction to the statistical packages R and SAS. The module will consist of two sets of lectures and associated computer workshops, one each in R and SAS.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • enter and manipulate data within SAS and R
  • perform basic statistical analyses using SAS and R and interpret the output
  • find information on how to perform advanced statistical analyses using R, and then undertake such analyses.


• Data manipulation in R and SAS • Using the Help menu • Writing functions in R • Conditional execution and loops in R • Graphics in R • Apply the above programming skills in R to problems arising in data analysis • Interpretation of R output • Important commands in SAS, and their syntax • Interpretation of SAS output

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

9 lectures (6 in R, 3 in SAS) and 9 computer labs (6 in R, 3 in SAS)

Follow-up work12
Practical classes and workshops6
Completion of assessment task27
Wider reading or practice12
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Der, G. and Everitt, B.S. (2006). Statistical Analysis of Medical data Using SAS. 

Garrett Grolemund and Hadley Wickham. R for Data Science. 


Assessment Strategy

Coursework - a combination of R and SAS coursework with 50% weighting each


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External


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

Recommended texts for this module may be available in limited supply in the University Library and students may wish to purchase reading texts as appropriate.

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

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