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Foundations in Applied Statistics (FiAS-5)

Mon 22 Jan, Wed 24 Jan 2024


This is an introductory course for students who have little or no prior training in statistics.

The module is divided between pre-recorded mini-lectures, in which you'll learn the relevant theory, and hands-on live practical sessions in Zoom, in which you will learn how to analyse real data using the statistical package, Stata.

You will learn:

  • The key features of quantitative analysis, and how it differs from other types of empirical analysis
  • The basics of formal hypothesis testing
  • Basic concepts: what is a variable? what is the distribution of a variable? and how can we best represent a distribution graphically?
  • Features of statistical distributions: measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • The normal distribution
  • Why statistical testing works
  • Statistical methods used to test simple hypotheses
  • How to use Stata
Target audience
  • Postgraduate students and staff
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Absolutely no prior knowledge is needed, but you must take the SSRMP Skill Check before booking, to ensure that this module is at the correct level for you.


Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 22 Jan   10:00 - 12:30 10:00 - 12:30 SSRMP pre-recorded lecture(s) on Moodle   Dr Ashton Brown
2 Mon 22 Jan   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 University Centre, Cormack Room map Dr Ashton Brown
3 Wed 24 Jan   10:00 - 12:30 10:00 - 12:30 SSRMP pre-recorded lecture(s) on Moodle   Dr Ashton Brown
4 Wed 24 Jan   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 University Centre, Cormack Room map Dr Ashton Brown

This module is very popular, so we repeat it several times. Each module runs over 2 sessions, covers exactly the same material, and is at the same level.


The statistical package Stata.


An end-of-module assessment (open-book online test). Weekly online quizzes are available to help you prepare.

Reading List

There is no set text for this module; although recommended readings and all necessary information on the module's Moodle page.

How to Book

Please complete the Basic Statistics Stream booking request form on the SSRMP website


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8 hours over 1 weeks (4 hours lectures; 4 hours lab)


2 morning lectures and 2 afternoon lab sessions over one week.

Related courses
Basic Statistics Stream

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