Unit description

Develops statistical methods required for environmental management. Students are required to understand the different types of variables, use SPSS to describe and graphically represent quantitative data, perform tests of significance (chi square, t test, correlation and regression and analysis of variance). Students will be introduced to multivariate statistics and develop a research proposal that requires multivariate statistical analysis, develop a model to analyse the data and analyse and interpret a mock data set.

Unit content

  1. Introduction to statistics: data types, number skills, rounding, significant figures, errors and use of scientific calculators and Microsoft Excel
  2. Descriptive statistics
  3. Simple hypotheses testing, Student's t-test and chi square, correlation, linear regression,one-way analysis of variance
  4. Introduction to SPSS to (Descriptive statistics and simple hypothesis testing).
  5. Two-way analysis of variance
  6. Multivariate statistics (The form of multivariate statistics covered will depend on the needs and interest of individual students).

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

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