ST3MSD-Modelling Structured Data

Module Provider: Mathematics and Statistics
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites: ST2LM Linear Models or ST2LMD Linear Models and Data Analysis
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded: ST4MSD Modelling Structured Data
Current from: 2021/2

Module Convenor: Dr Fazil Baksh

Type of module:

Summary module description:
This module will consider traditional and modern methods for analysing repeated measurement data.


  • to give students the ability to recognise and appreciate the issues associated with analysing repeated measurement data

  • to describe a range of statistical methods, both traditional and modern, for the analysis of repeated measurement data

  • to train students to identify and apply appropriate techniques, using statistical software, and to interpret the results.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will have:
•an awareness of repeated measurements and methods for analysing data in this form
•the ability to compare and contrast different approaches for analysing repeated measurements
•the ability to perform common types of analysis and interpret the results.

Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

Synopsis: Many statistical techniques are only applicable when observations are independent. When successive observations on quantities, such as weight or a measure of lung function, are made the repeated measurements will usually be correlated. Traditional statistical methods used in the analysis of this form of data will be described, such as the summary statistics approach, split-plot analysis of variance and repeated measures multivariate analysis of variance. More modern approaches utilise mixed models, which have become popular for analysing repeated measurement data. Such models will be considered in detail. Syllabus: Summary statistics Split-plot analysis of variance Repeated measures multivariate analysis of variance Mixed models - marginal and random coefficient models Maximum likelihood and REML fitting methodologies Use of SAS PROC GLM and PROC MIXED.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Lectures supported by problem sheets and practicals.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 16
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study: 80
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 70
Set exercise 30

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
One assignment and one examination.

Formative assessment methods:
Problem sheets and computer-based practicals.

Penalties for late submission:

The Support Centres will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that 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.

Assessment requirements for a pass:
A mark of 40% overall.

Reassessment arrangements:
One examination paper of 2 hours duration in August/September - the resit module mark will be the higher of the exam mark (100% exam) and the exam mark plus previous coursework marks (70% exam, 30% coursework).

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

1) Required text books: None

2) Specialist equipment or materials: None

3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear: None

4) Printing and binding: None

5) Computers and devices with a particular specification: None

6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: None

Last updated: 28 June 2021


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