The Practical Modern Statistics programme offered by The Open University UK introduces four major topics of modern applied statistics: medical statistics, time series, multivariate analysis, and Bayesian statistics. It’s ideal if you’ve already studied a general introductory statistics module and wish to broaden your knowledge of the field.
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The Practical Modern Statistics programme offered by The Open University UK  emphasises underlying principles and practical applications rather than technical details. Use of a computer is an essential component – the module includes SPSS and WinBUGS software, which you’ll use to analyse data and develop your understanding of statistics. 

To study this module you should have a sound knowledge of basic mathematics as provided by the appropriate OU level 1 module, and statistical competence at the level developed by the appropriate OU level 2 study.

Vocational relevance

Applied statisticians and data analysts directly use the content taught in this module – in medical statistics, forecasting, handing multiple outcome data and in updating expert knowledge with new observations. You’ll also develop skills in statistical computing using the packages SPSS and WinBUGS and more generally in data presentation and interpretation.

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

The module begins with an Introduction to statistical modelling in which the statistical prerequisites are reviewed and the statistical software package SPSS is introduced. 

Then the four topics of the module are introduced in successive books, each with associated computer material.

  • Medical statistics
  • Time series
  • Multivariate analysis
  • Bayesian statistics

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

You need no pre-requisites to study Practical modern statistics. However, we recommend that you have a good knowledge of introductory-level statistical ideas and methods and that you are familiar with the following mathematical topics:

  • mathematical notation
  • following short algebraic arguments
  • handling the logarithmic and exponential functions
  • using formulae

We recommended you also have previous introductory-level statistical knowledge; we’ll include some revision of the following topics:

  • graphical and numerical data summaries
  • the basic statistical distributions
  • confidence intervals and significance tests
  • correlations and contingency tables


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