Award: 5 credits at level 4
Duration: 12 weeks
Start Date: 09/09/2013 (Semester 1)

STAT40760 Design of Experiments


This module is for students in Semester 1 of the MSc, Graduate Diploma or Certificate in Environmental Sustainability (Negotiated Learning) course.

What will I study?

  • Data Collection
  • Design of Observational Studies
  • Design of Experiments
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Inferential Statistics (confidence intervals, hypothesis tests, anova)

How will I study?

The Design of Experiments module will include:
  • Videos and demonstrations by the lecturers
  • Interactive learning reinforcement quizzes
  • Online assessed multiple choice quizzes
  • Interactive discussion boards

Expected Commitment

Students are not required to attend any lectures at the UCD campus as part of the module. However, Students are expected to attend the final semester exam and spend a total 120 hours workload during the semester consisting of:
  • Lectures, videos and other online learning materials (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Assessments, project and quizzes (throughout the semester): 24 hours
  • Student Autonomous Learning: 72 hours

How will I be assessed?

In-semester assessment: 30%

2 hour end of semester written exam: 70%

On successful completion of this module I will be able to

At the end of the course students will be able to critically assess studies in the literature, paying particular attention to design issues. They will be able to understand the principles of Observational Studies and Designed Experiments and critically analyse such studies. They will be able to compute descriptive statistics and conduct hypothesis tests. Finally they will gain experience in writing a research report.

Am I eligible?

Applicants must hold a minimum of a 2.2 honours level degree in a science, engineering or related discipline. Otherwise there are no specific pre-requisites for this module.