On successfully completing your first module, you’ll be able to produce numerical and graphical summaries of data; examine relationships between variables; and understand practical methods of sampling and the problems that arise in the collection of data. In it, you’ll learn about probability, hypothesis testing, and estimation. You’ll carry out basic statistical analyses – using a commercially available statistical software package – on data from a broad range of contexts including financial, education and health. We’ll also equip you with the skills to articulate and critically appraise statistical results in the context of a practical problem.
Then, at OU level 2, you’ll deepen your understanding of statistics with data analysis, medical statistics, time series analysis, multivariate statistics, and Bayesian statistics; at OU level 3, you’ll move on to linear and generalised linear modelling – at each level, using professional statistical software packages. You’ll also gain experience of when to recognise the limitation of statistical analyses.