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Developing statistical thinking

This module will help you develop your knowledge, appreciation and understanding of the learning of statistics particularly at Key Stages 2 to 4. As well as improving your statistical thinking, you’ll learn about different teaching approaches, including use of ICT tools such as scientific calculators and computers. There is no formal examination: assessment is based on tutor-marked assignments and an end-of-module assessment. To complete these assessments, you’ll need access to learners of statistics at Key Stages 2–4, which could include adult learners. 

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Module

Module code
ME626
Credits

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  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
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30
Study level
3
Study method
Distance Learning
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What you will study

This module will broaden your grasp of the ‘big ideas’ of statistics and how people learn and use them, and:

  • develop your data handling skills and statistical thinking
  • raise your awareness of the importance of learners being able to collect, analyse and interpret data to solve problems
  • provide experience of different teaching approaches and the learning opportunities they afford
  • develop your awareness of, and facility with, ICT in the learning and teaching of statistics
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of the statistical ideas underpinning Key Stage 2–4.

The module consists of four blocks, covering the following:

Block 1: describing, comparing and interrelating with words and numbers; uncertainty.

Block 2: describing, comparing and interrelating with pictures; picturing probability.

Block 3: describing, comparing and interrelating with ICT; probability with ICT.

Block 4: modelling; statistical investigation; teaching and learning statistics.

You will learn

Successful study of this module should enhance your skills in:

  • communicating mathematical ideas clearly and succinctly
  • explaining mathematical ideas to others.

Vocational relevance

This module has particular vocational relevance for teachers, trainers, teaching assistants or anyone aspiring to teach or communicate mathematics. It provides opportunities to consider how we learn statistics and introduces some potential new approaches to teaching and learning. You’ll learn to communicate about mathematics and identify mathematical learning.

Professional recognition

This module may help you to gain membership of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). For further information, see the IMA website.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your written work, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. There will be individual telephone tutorials rather than face-to-face group tutorials, and some tutors may offer online tutorials. 

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You can choose whether to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) on paper or online through the eTMA system. You may want to use the eTMA system for some of your assignments but submit on paper for others. This is entirely your choice.

The end-of-module assessment will take the form of a 3000-word tutor-marked assignment. You will be given more detailed information when you begin the module.

The end-of-module assessment (EMA) must be submitted online.

Future availability

Developing statistical thinking (ME626) starts once a year – in April. This page describes the module that will start in April 2019. We expect it to start for the last time in April 2020.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic regulations which are available on our Essential Documents website.

    Course work includes:

    3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
    End-of-module assessment
    No residential school

    Course satisfaction survey

    See the satisfaction survey results for this course.


    Entry requirements

    The module is open to anyone aged 18 or over, though in particular it has in mind teachers, teaching assistants, home-school parents and special educational needs co-ordinators.

    You do need to have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English to study successfully with us. Poor language skills will make study more difficult, and it will take longer. The normal requirements for English language skills are explained on our website.

    Your own knowledge of statistics should be at or above the level of a B in GCSE maths, or you could have studied Mathematical thinking in schools (ME620) or the discontinued modules ME624 or MEXR624.

    It is recommended that you study ME620 before this module as it provides a useful background in mathematics education and you are more likely to successfully complete this OU level 3 module. 

    If you are considering taking ME626 alongside another OU module, please bear in mind that the workload for this one alone is around 12 hours a week.

    In order to complete the module assessments, you will need regular access to at least one other learner of statistics, with whom to work on approximately two tasks a week. 

    If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

    Register

    Start End England fee Register
    06 Apr 2019 Sep 2019 £1464.00

    Registration closes 14/03/19 (places subject to availability)

    Register
    This module is expected to start for the last time in April 2020.

    Additional Costs

    Study costs

    There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

    If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after your module has started.

    Ways to pay for this module

    Open University Student Budget Account

    The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

    You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

    • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
    • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your monthly fee and number of instalments based on the cost of the module you are studying. APR 5.1% representative.

    Joint loan applications

    If you feel you would be unable to obtain an OUSBA loan on your own due to credit history or affordability issues, OUSBA offers the option to apply for a joint loan application with a third party. For example, your husband, wife, partner, parent, sibling or friend. In such cases, OUSBA will be required to carry out additional affordability checks separately and/or collectively for both joint applicants who will be jointly and severally liable for loan repayments.

    As additional affordability checks are required when processing joint loan applications, unfortunately, an instant decision cannot be given. On average the processing time for a joint loan application is five working days from receipt of the required documentation.

    Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

    Employer sponsorship

    Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU courses are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to complete. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

    More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the module you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

    • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
    • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your module.  

    Credit/debit card

    You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

    We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

    Mixed payments

    We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA).

    For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser.


    Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

    This information was provided on 21/06/2018.

    What's included

    A module text, module guide, bookmark and website.

    You will need

    It would be very helpful, but not compulsory, to have access to a scientific calculator – the recommended models are either the TI-83 Plus or TI-84 Plus.

    You require access to the internet at least once a week during the module to download module resources and to keep up to date with module news. You will be expected to use a spreadsheet as part of the module.

    You will also need a headset with microphone to make best use of the online tutorials.

    Computing requirements

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module.  Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • macOS 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones. 

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students. 

    If you have a disability

    The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying ME626 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Overcoming barriers to study if you have a disability or health condition website.