# MATH06074 2013 STATISTICS FOR ARCHAEOLOGY

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**Description**

This module is designed to introduce the learner to the subject of statistics as applied to topics in archaeology. The module will cover basic maths skills and data presentation before moving on to cover some basic inferential statistics and methods of

statistical testing which have particular relevance to archaeology.

### Learning Outcomes

*On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;*

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Demonstrate their knowledge of core statistics skills such as data presentation and use of summary statistics.

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Apply their knowledge of descriptive statistics to summarise a dataset in an appropriate and meaningful way.

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Use basic inferential statistics to make robust judgements about a population of interest by analysis of sample data from the population.

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Select and apply a basic statistical test to an archaeological scenario.

### Module Assessment Strategies

The module will be assessed using a combination of continuous assessment and an end of year written exam. A portion of the continuous assessments will be formative in nature and are designed to aid student learning while providing feedback to the lecturer as to student progress. Another part of the CA will allow the students to demonstrate their knowledge of software for solving statistical problems.

### Indicative Syllabus

Basic maths skills: rearranging formulas, BOMDAS, simple arithmetic.

Data presentation: bar charts, frequency charts, histograms.

Summary Statistics: mean, median, mode, standard deviation and variance, relative standard deviation, confidence intervals.

Statistical Distributions: normal, binomial.

Statistical Testing: equality of means, variances.

Regression: simple linear regression.

### Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

**Coursework & Continuous Assessment**

**End of Semester / Year Formal Exam**

### Coursework Assessment

Title | Type | Form | Percent | Week | Learning Outcomes Assessed | |
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1 | Short Answer Questions Worksheets and in-class exercises | Continuous Assessment | UNKNOWN | 30 % | OnGoing | 1,2,3,4 |

2 | Several assignments to be completed to demonstrate use of statistical software. | Continuous Assessment | UNKNOWN | 40 % | OnGoing | 1,2,3,4 |

### End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title | Type | Form | Percent | Week | Learning Outcomes Assessed | |
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1 | Final Exam | Final Exam | UNKNOWN | 30 % | End of Term | 1,2,3,4 |

### Full Time Mode Workload

Type | Location | Description | Hours | Frequency | Avg Workload |
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Problem Based Learning | Computer Laboratory | Computer-based sessions. | 2 | Weekly | 2.00 |

### Module Resources

**Non ISBN Literary Resources**

Reilly, J (2008). *Using Statistics*. Dublin: Gill & McMillan.

Fletcher, M (2005). *Digging numbers: elementary statistics for archaeologists*. Oxford: Oxford University School of Archaeology.

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