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Master 2018/2019

Introduction to Statistics

Category 'Best Course for Career Development'
Category 'Best Course for Broadening Horizons and Diversity of Knowledge and Skills'
Type: Bridging course (Population and Development)
Area of studies: Public Administration
Delivered by: Department of Demography
When: 1 year, 1 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Master’s programme: Population and Development
Language: English
ECTS credits: 2

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is primarily aimed at promoting the reproducible approach to academic workflow. . The goal of this course is to systematize students’ knowledge of statistics and to practice its application using mostly Microsoft Excel package.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To systematize students’ knowledge of statistics.
  • To practice in application of statistics using Microsoft Excel and other packages.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Calculates basic statistics for both categorical and numerical data. Presents initial data and the results of exploratory statistical analysis
  • Makes basic statistical inference based on primary data
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Basic statistics
    Population and sample. Classification of variables. Measures of central tendency: mean and mode. Measures of spread: variance (standard deviation), inter quartile range. Numerical data summary. Basic statistics for time series data.
  • Introduction to inferential statistics
    Random experiment, outcomes, events. Probability postulates and rules. Binomial and normal probability distributions. Confidence intervals for population proportion and population mean. Sample size determination. Confidence intervals as a way to hypothesis testing.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking First home assignment
  • non-blocking Second home assignment
  • non-blocking seminar/practical class activity
  • non-blocking Term final
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.25 * First home assignment + 0.25 * Second home assignment + 0.25 * seminar/practical class activity + 0.25 * Term final
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Statistics for business and economics, Newbold P., Carlson W. L., 2013

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Weighing the odds : a course in probability and statistics, Williams, D., 2010