Academic Year:
 2012/3 
Owning Department/School:
 Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Credits:
 6 
Level:
 Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7) 
Period: 
Semester 2

Assessment:
 EX 100% 
Supplementary Assessment:  MA40189 Mandatory Extra Work (where allowed by programme regulations) 
Requisites:
 Before taking this unit you must take MA40092 
Description:
 Aims & Learning Objectives: Aims: To introduce students to the ideas and techniques that underpin the theory and practice of the Bayesian approach to statistics. Objectives:
Students should be able to formulate the Bayesian treatment and analysis of many familiar statistical problems.
Content: Bayesian methods provide an alternative approach to data analysis, which has the ability to incorporate prior knowledge about a parameter of interest into the statistical model. The prior knowledge takes the form of a prior (to sampling) distribution on the parameter space, which is updated to a posterior distribution via Bayes' Theorem, using the data. Summaries about the parameter are described using the posterior distribution. The Bayesian Paradigm; decision theory; utility theory; exchangeability; Representation Theorem; prior, posterior and predictive distributions; conjugate priors. Tools to undertake a Bayesian statistical analysis will also be introduced. Simulation based methods such as Markov Chain Monte Carlo and importance sampling for use when analytical methods fail.

Programme availability:

MA40189 is Optional on the following programmes:
Programmes in Natural Sciences
 UXXXAFB01 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences (Fulltime)  Year 3
 UXXXAKB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Industrial Placement (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 UXXXAAB02 : BSc (hons) Natural Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc (hons) Mathematical Sciences (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB16 : BSc (hons) Mathematical Sciences (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAAB16 : BSc (hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAFB13 : BSc (hons) Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB14 : BSc (hons) Mathematics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAFB01 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB02 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAAB02 : BSc (hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAAB14 : BSc (hons) Mathematics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAFB05 : BSc (hons) Statistics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAKB06 : BSc (hons) Statistics (Fulltime with Thick Sandwich Placement)  Year 4
 USMAAAB06 : BSc (hons) Statistics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 USMAAFM14 : MMath Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 3
 USMAAFM14 : MMath Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 4
 USMAAAM15 : MMath Mathematics with Study Year Abroad (Fulltime with Study Year Abroad)  Year 4
 TSMAAFM09 : MSc Mathematical Sciences (Fulltime)  Year 1
 TSMAAPM09 : MSc Mathematical Sciences (Parttime)  Year 1
 TSMAAPM09 : MSc Mathematical Sciences (Parttime)  Year 2
 TSMAAFM08 : MSc Modern Applications of Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 1
 TSMAAFL02 : PG Dip Modern Applications of Mathematics (Fulltime)  Year 1
