MAT-20023 - Probability
Coordinator: Jie Cheng Tel: +44 1782 7 33775
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733075

Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21


Available as a Free Standing Elective





MAT-10046 Calculus and MAT-10047 Algebra.

Barred Combinations


Description for 2020/21

Probability is the mathematics of uncertainty and randomness. The module begins with classical notions of probability associated with the analysis of games of chance using cards, dice, etc. It then moves to the treatment of the probability of random events. This leads to the definitions of statistical independence and conditional probability. The remainder of the module is concerned with a systematic study of discrete and continuous, univariate and bivariate, random variables, covering expectation, variance, covariance. The theory is applied to a wide range of theoretical and applied problems.

The aims of the module are to study:
(a) an axiomatic treatment of probability, motivated by classical notions of chance;
(b) the theory of univariate and bivariate random variables and their distributions;
(c) applications of the theory of univariate and bivariate random variables and their distributions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

prove and apply results that are consequences of the axioms of probability: 1,2
calculate and apply probability distributions, expectations and variances associated with univariate random variables: 1,2
calculate and apply probability distributions, expectations, variances and covariances associated with bivariate random variables: 1,2
solve problems involving the concepts of independence and conditioning: 1,2

Study hours

Lectures: 36 hours
Examples Classes: 12 hours
Continuous assessment preparation: 30 hours
Private study: 70 hours
Unseen examination: 2 hours

School Rules


Description of Module Assessment

1: Assignment weighted 20%
Online assessment
Continuous online assessment during the module will consist of written coursework, problem sheets, class tests, or any combination thereof.

2: Open Book Examination weighted 80%
Final examination 2 hours
The examination paper will consist of no less than five and not more than eight questions all of which are compulsory.