The course aims to equip all students with an appreciation of the decisions and skills that are required for designing, executing and analysing environmental and social surveys. It does not aim to provide a comprehensive guide to all the available statistical techniques, rather to build confidence and skills such that students are familiar with the common statistical methods and competent in the use of statistical software. The technical elements of the module will also be complimented by sessions on some of the more practical research skills required for improving employability for a research career in the environmental and social sciences.
Module learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:
Take into account the ethical and practical considerations required for achieving a successful research career
Analyse data robustly for their final year ISM
Produce a report which will: discuss the rationale for the work; discuss the results using tables and figures as appropriate; use relevant evidence and accurately reference.
Design and execute robust environmental sampling methods
Format, store and edit a dataset
Use appropriate procedures to explore and analyse data
Understand key statistical techniques used for analysing simple environmental data
Use the R environment to develop their computational and quantitative data skills beyond the scope of the course
Generic / Employability Skills:
The R environment is used increasingly to analyse data and gaining expertise in its use will give you a worthwhile skill to add to your CV. Being able to analyse large data sets and handle data robustly, is also a skill required in a number of careers, particularly in those that involve scientific analyses.
There are also a number of generic skills including:
The ability to prepare work independently.
The ability to produce a scientific report.
The ability to apply relevant statistical tests and to understand how to handle the output.
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Special assessment rules
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Students will receive feedback on the two pieces of formative work before they submit their summative assessment. Feedback for both summative and formative assessments will be returned within the departmental standard of 4 working weeks.