MATH06093 2019 Statistics for Archaeology

General Details

Full Title
Statistics for Archaeology
Transcript Title
Statistics for Archaeology
Code
MATH06093
Attendance
N/A %
Subject Area
MATH - Mathematics
Department
ESCI - Environmental Science
Level
06 - NFQ Level 6
Credit
05 - 05 Credits
Duration
Semester
Fee
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Author(s)
Cian Taylor
Programme Membership
SG_SAPPL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Applied Archaeology SG_SAPPL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Archaeology
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;

1.

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

2.

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

3.

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

4.

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
70 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
30 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
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
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
Lecture Computer Laboratory Lecture and Computer Practical 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Independent Learning 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

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

Journal Resources

NA

URL Resources

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

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

https://stattrek.com/

 

Other Resources

NA