Courses Catalogue

Biostatistics

COURSE CODE: BIO3101
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course covers basic statistics concepts such as collecting data, summarizing and displaying data, measures of central tendency, analyzing data and interpreting results including hypothesis testing where we look to reject or accept the null hypothesis.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

This course introduces students to the basic ideas of statistics that will act as a foundation for other course units that require some statistical background. It is important for researchers as well as consumers of research to understand statistics so that they can be informed, evaluate the credibility and usefulness of information, and make appropriate decisions.

 

 

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • summarize, organize and present data numerically and graphically
  • apply some sampling techniques
  • formulate hypotheses
  • apply appropriate tests to different datasets

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Receive and respond to a variety of information sources (e.g. textual, numerical, verbal, graphical)

§  Appreciate issues of sample selection, accuracy, precision and uncertainty during collection, recording and analysis of data in the field and laboratory

§  Prepare, processing, interpreting and presenting data, using appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques and packages

§  Solve numerical problems using computer and non-computer-based techniques

§  Develop the skills necessary for self-managed and lifelong learning (e.g. working independently, time management and organisation skills)