Further Statistical Computing - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (40%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,472.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,722.00

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This unit of study aims to expand on the work done in earlier units of study in the program by introducing students to other aspects of statistical computing. In particular students will be introduced to another statistical software package, namely SAS, as a powerful tool for organising and analysing data. In particular, students will use this package to further their knowledge in terms of data management and data presentation.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Develop SAS programming and data management skills that will support their professional careers
  2. Collect skills in data processing and statistical analysis using SASSummarise data and perform statistical analyses using SAS programming
  3. Combine data from multiple sources using the appropriate methods.
  4. Reorganise datasets using SASAssess the importance of data as a resource
  5. Analyse data using SAS (i.e. be able to identify and apply the correct technique to address the study’s research questions/hypotheses)
  6. Interpret the results for each technique studied (i.e. be able to use the outcomes of data analysis to address the research question/hypotheses)
  7. Test the assumptions underlying a statistical analysis and state the limitations of a study.
  • Assignments (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Quiz (10%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HMS781 — Further Statistical Computing

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — You will be asked to sign and return an agreement form in order to obtain a free copy of SAS 9.2. Note: SAS will only run on a Windows platform.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1More advanced file handling
2Data presentation
3Statistical procedures of the SAS package.

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Little SAS Book: A Primer

    By:Delwiche, Lolo

    ISBN: 9781612903439


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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