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.
- Introduction to statistics: data types, number skills, rounding, significant figures, errors and use of scientific calculators and Microsoft Excel
- Descriptive statistics
- Simple hypotheses testing, Student's t-test and chi square, correlation, linear regression,one-way analysis of variance
- Introduction to SPSS to (Descriptive statistics and simple hypothesis testing).
- Two-way analysis of variance
- Multivariate statistics (The form of multivariate statistics covered will depend on the needs and interest of individual students).
Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||Demonstrate how different types of variables are used in environmental science/management||Intellectual rigour|
|2||Interpret, summarise and graphically represent the different types of environmental data -calculate means, standard deviations using a scientific calculator, Microsoft Excel and SPSS||Intellectual rigour|
|3||Analyse an environmental problem and design an appropriate experiment/survey||Creativity|
|4||Demonstrate an understanding of at least two forms of multivariate analysis.||Ethical practice|
|5||Develop a statistical model that can be used to analyse data requiring multivariate analysis.||Creativity|
|6||Interpret the results from multivariate statistical analysis.||Creativity||Ethical practice|
Teaching and assessment
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