Programme/Approved Electives for 2020/21
Available as a Free Standing Elective
Successful completion of level 2 Physics/Astrophysics
This module aims to provide hands-on experience of using some commonly used statistical techniques for analysing scientific data. As well as presenting the theory behind the techniques, the module will develop the skills required to apply these statistical techniques to real physics or astrophysics data sets. Some expertise will be gained in order to judge which technique is applicable in a given situation and whether the results are meaningful.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/phy-30027/lists
To acquire a systematic understanding of statistical analysis methods and apply these techniques to critically evaluatephysical/astrophysical data sets from primary sources.
Intended Learning Outcomes
The student will have systematic understanding of statistical techniques used to analyze and interpretphysical/astrophysical data [1, 2].The student will have conceptual understanding that enables the student to solve data analysis problems and to interpretscientific data, using statistical ideas and modern analysis techniques [2, 3].The student will be able to critically evaluate data from primary sources to make and communicate judgements byapplying established numerical analysis techniques to physical/astrophysical data [1, 3].
10 hours lectures18 hours practical classes8 hours problem sheets10 hours project work6 hours project report writing96 hours private study and preparation for examination
1: Exercise weighted 20%
Description of Module Assessment
2 problem sheetsQuestions on systematic understanding of statistical and numerical methods and their application to physical/astrophysical problems (2 problem sheets)2: Project weighted 40%
2000 word project reportApplication of statistical and numerical methods to a data analysis or interpretation problem informed by developments at the forefront of physics/astrophysics. The methods used and an interpretation of the results to be submitted as a written report (2000 words).3: Class Test weighted 40%
2 hour unseen open book practical test (not scheduled on Exam Timetable)Two hour unseen "open book" practical test, with a choice of three from five questions. The questions will test whether students can correctly identify and apply correct statistical techniques to analyze and critically evaluate the significance of results from experimental data.