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MA10214: Quantitative methods

Owning Department/School: Department of Mathematical Sciences
Credits: 6
Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Period: Semester 2
Assessment: EX 100%
Supplementary Assessment: MA10214 Mandatory extra work (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take MA10213. This course is designed to follow on from MA10213, providing the statistical framework for a more formal analysis of common statistical problems in Business.
Description: Aims:
To teach the basic ideas of probability, data variability and hypothesis testing, and the application of these ideas in management.

Learning Outcomes:

Objectives: Students should be able to formulate and solve simple problems in probability including the use of Bayes' Theorem and Decision Trees. They should recognise real-life situations where variability is likely to follow a binomial, Poisson or Normal distribution and be able to carry out simple related calculations. They should be able to obtain interval estimates for population means, standard deviations and proportions, and to carry out a hypothesis test and understand the basic idea of statistical significance.

Skills:
Statistical skills (taught and assessed).

Content:
The laws of Probability, Bayes' Theorem, Decision Trees. Binomial, Poisson and Normal distributions and their applications; the relationship between these distributions. Different types of sample; sampling distributions of means, standard deviations and proportions. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; types of error, significance levels and P values. Power. Quality control: Acceptance sampling and Shewhart charts.
Programme availability:

MA10214 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

School of Management
• UMMN-ANB01 : BSc (hons) Business Administration (Full-time with Thin Sandwich Placements) - Year 1

MA10214 is Optional on the following programmes:

Programmes in Natural Sciences
• UXXX-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 1
• UXXX-AKB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Industrial Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
• UXXX-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 1
• UXXX-AFM01 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences (Full-time) - Year 1
• UXXX-AKM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 1
• UXXX-AAM02 : MSci (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 1

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2012/13 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2013/14 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2012/13.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.