# STATS 785 : Foundations of Statistical Data Management

## Science

### Course Prescription

SAS statistical software with an emphasis on using SAS as a programming language for purposes of database manipulation, simulation, statistical modelling and other computer-intensive methods.

### Course Overview

This is a course in statistical data analysis which has an emphasis on learning how to use the SAS statistical package. In addition to learning how to manipulate data using SAS, the course covers a variety of linear models and data visualisation. Students learn how to interpret and communicate statistical findings. Topics covered include: SAS specific data acquisition and manipulation: Creating and saving code, creating and permanently saving data, creating and coding variables, use of SAS functions, sub-setting data, concatenating data, merging data, working with arrays, collapsing data and reshaping data.

The skills developed in this course are particularly useful for those wishing to have a career involving big data and data analysis.

### Course Requirements

No pre-requisites or restrictions

### Capabilities Developed in this Course

 Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice Capability 2: Critical Thinking Capability 3: Solution Seeking Capability 4: Communication and Engagement Capability 5: Independence and Integrity Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities

### Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. Be able to use SAS to manipulate and analyse data. (Capability 1 and 3)
2. Use appropriate tools for exploratory data analysis. (Capability 1 and 3)
3. Summarise the main points of exploratory and model fitting phase of the analysis using technical language. Also be able to communicate the mathematical formula for the final model fitted to the data. (Capability 1, 2, 4 and 5)
4. Use statistical findings to answer key questions in appropriate context. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)
5. be able to communicate the main findings from an analysis of data to those who know little or nothing about statistics. (Capability 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6)
6. Apply more complex methods for analysing data. (Capability 1, 2 and 3)

### Assessments

Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Assignments 30% Individual Coursework
Test 10% Individual Test
Final Exam 60% Individual Examination
1 2 3 4 5 6
Assignments
Test
Final Exam

### Learning Resources

Handouts will be distributed to students during the lectures.

### Special Requirements

NIL

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 48 hours of lectures, a 12 hour tutorial, 10 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 50 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

### Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

### Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

### Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

### Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

### Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).

### Disclaimer

Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 08/07/2020 04:35 p.m.