Scientific Data Management (Level 6) (15 credits)

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The aim of this paper is to provide students with knowledge of the concepts and methods of scientific data analysis. Using a generic computer software package, students will enter data, manipulate and summarise data, conduct statistical analyses, and extract meaningful information for presentation and dissemination in a relevant format to an audience.

Content Outline:

  • Defining scientific data; the meaning of a variable, mean and variance, use of multiple variables
  • Introduction to the Excel software package
  • Data management in Excel
  • Programming in Excel
  • Creating charts in Excel
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Statistical analyses
  • Building a set of results outcomes
  • Communicating and disseminating results


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