# MATH06093 2019 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 data handling and data presentation before moving on to cover some basic methods of descriptive and inferential statistics 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 understanding of core statistical skills such as data presentation and descriptive statistics.

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Apply descriptive statistics to summarise a data set in an appropriate way.

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Make use of inferential statistics in order to make robust judgements relating to a population by analysis of a sample extracted from it.

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

### Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. This will include lectures, computer practicals, and will be augmented by independent learning and directed learning. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment (e.g. quizzes and uploading assignments).

### Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 70% Continuous Assessment and 30% Final exam.

The continuous assessment portion will take place in a computer practical lab and will consist of two aspects:

1. Use of statistical software (Excel Data Analysis ToolPak) to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes.

2. Completion of Moodle quizzes to demonstrate knowledge as it is accumulated during the semester.

The final exam will provide a summative test of understanding acquired during the module.

### Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Final Exam.

### Indicative Syllabus

**Demonstrate understanding of core statistical skills such as data presentation and descriptive statistics.**

- Data presentation: bar charts, frequency charts, histograms, box plots.
- Descriptive Statistics: mean, median, mode, standard deviation and variance, relative standard deviation, confidence intervals.

**Apply descriptive statistics to summarise a data set in an appropriate way.**

- Use of software package (such as Excel with Data Analysis ToolPak) to generate and interpret descriptive statistics.
- Manual calculations of descriptive statistics by calculator.

**Make use of inferential statistics in order to make robust judgements relating to a population by analysis of a sample extracted from it.**

- Statistical sampling schemes including random sampling.
- Use of a random number for sample selection.
- Generating confidence intervals for a population mean.
- Bivariate linear regression using statistical software.
- t-test and F-test using statistical software.

**Select and apply a statistical test appropriate to an archaeological scenario.**

- Hypothesis testing.
- Use and interpretation of F-test and t-test using statistical software by p-value approach.

### 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 | Moodle Quizzes | Continuous Assessment | Open Book Exam | 20 % | OnGoing | 1,3 |

2 | Computer Practical Test | Continuous Assessment | Closed Book Exam | 50 % | OnGoing | 2,4 |

### End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title | Type | Form | Percent | Week | Learning Outcomes Assessed | |
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1 | Written Exam | Final Exam | Closed Book Exam | 30 % | Start of Semester | 1,2,3,4 |

### Full Time Mode Workload

Type | Location | Description | Hours | Frequency | Avg Workload |
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Lecture | Computer Laboratory | Lecture and Computer Practical | 2 | Weekly | 2.00 |

Independent Learning | Not Specified | Independent Learning | 5 | Weekly | 5.00 |

### Required & Recommended Book List

**Recommended Reading**

2010-03-25

*Statistics for Archaeologists: A Common Sense Approach (Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology)*Springer

ISBN 1441960716 ISBN-13 9781441960719

**Recommended Reading**

2006-03-01

*Using Statistics*Gill Education

ISBN 0717140229 ISBN-13 9780717140220

**Recommended Reading**

2005-03-31

*Digging Numbers Elementary Statistics for Archaeologists by Lock, Gary R. ( Author ) ON Mar-31-2005, Paperback*Oxford University School of Archaeology

ISBN 0947816690 ISBN-13 9780947816698

### Module Resources

**Non ISBN Literary Resources**

As per booklist

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**URL Resources**

https://www.excel-easy.com/

https://www.excel-easy.com/data-analysis/analysis-toolpak.html

https://stattrek.com/

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