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Foundations of Statistics

duration Duration: 1 Teaching Period

unit code Unit Code: STA10003

contact hours Contact Hours: Recommended 10–12 hours of study per week

About this unit

This unit provides students with the necessary skills to carry out independent statistical investigation and an awareness of the assumptions and limitations involved with the generalisation of the results of such investigations. Students are expected to summarise data, identify research questions, determine and identify appropriate research designs, analyse the data using the statistical package SPSS for Windows and interpret the results in a report writing format.


  • Critical thinking in statistics
  • Reporting information about a single variable
  • The theory behind significance testing
  • Research design
  • Inferential Statistics – reporting on the relationship between pairs of variables (t-tests, Pearson’s correlation and the chi-square statistic)

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