MT2SWC-Statistics for Weather and Climate Science

Module Provider: Meteorology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: A Level Maths
Modules excluded: MTMG06 Statistics for Weather and Climate Science
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Robert Thompson


Summary module description:
This module introduces the basic statistical concepts and reasoning as required for robust environmental science, providing experience of using statistical methods in the right contexts and demonstrating the correct use of which technique to allow critical interpretation of weather and climate data.

This module aims to introduce basic statistical concepts and reasoning relevant to environmental science, as well as provide experience in the proper use of statistical methods for the analysis of weather and climate data.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

• Describe the main concepts in statistical science;

• Select and compare appropriate analysis methods;

• Critically analyse data and draw correct inferences;

• Use statistical software.

Additional outcomes:

• Discuss the development and importance of statistics;

• Appraise and criticise quoted statistics (transferable skill).

Outline content:

The lecture content covers:

• History of statistics;

• Exploratory data analysis;

• Probability distributions;

• Statistical inference;

• Linear modelling;

• Multivariate methods;

• Time series analysis.

The practical content involves supervised hands-on experience using statistical software to analyse and interpret data.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures and computer practicals.
Wilks, D.S., 1995: Statistical methods in the Atmospheric Sciences. Academic Press.
Storch, H. and Zwiers, F.W., 1999: Statistical analysis in climate research. Cambridge University Press.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Practicals classes and workshops 20
Guided independent study 70
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Other information on summative assessment:
Essay assignment and practical assignments.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

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    Reassessment arrangements:

    Resit examination.

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    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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