MAS6005 Professional Skills for Statisticians

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Semester 1, 2019/20 10 Credits
Lecturer: Prof Caitlin Buck uses MOLE Timetable Reading List
Aims Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Full Syllabus

The module helps to prepare statisticians for the workplace - in integrating technical knowledge with practical data-analysis; in communicating (in writing and orally) to non-specialists; in team-working; and through an appreciation of the professional responsibilities of a statistician. Students undertake a sequence of projects drawn from a variety of areas such as social, medical, environmental, and other scientific fields. Work on some projects is undertaken individually, and some in groups. Informal lectures are offered on: presentation skills (written and oral); team-working; personal reflection, with an emphasis on learning from experiences acquired through project work.

There are no prerequisites for this module.

The following modules have this module as a prerequisite:

MAS6006Statistical Consultancy

Office hours

Please email Caitlin Buck ( for a personal appointment.


This unit aims to
  • give the opportunity to students to develop a professional approach to data analysis and to presentation of results;
  • give experience of both individual and group work on practical statistical problems.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, a candidate will be able to
  • apply statistical methods in practical situations;
  • prepare written statistical reports tailored to the needs of specific readers;
  • prepare oral presentations of statistical work;
  • work effectively in groups to achieve goals defined by other professionals.

Teaching methods

MOLE course materials and discussion boards, weekly round-table discussion meetings, project work and presentation sessions.

No lectures, no tutorials, 20 practicals


Assessment is via continuously assessed project reports, some individual and some collaborative. Projects will be assessed on their technical content, the quality of the presentation, and suitability for the target reader. Collaborative groups submit a single project supplemented by short individual reports, and the grade is awarded based on both components.

Full syllabus

Via a series of projects students will explore a range of professional skills including:

  • Statistical data analysis
  • Formal report writing
  • Project planning and implementation
  • Collaborative and group working
  • Preparing professional oral presentations
  • Summarising and reviewing the work of others
  • Personal reflection for professional development

Reading list

Type Author(s) Title Library Blackwells Amazon
C G. Graff and C. Birkenstein They Say/I Say: the moves that matter in academic writing 808.0420711 (G) Blackwells Amazon

(A = essential, B = recommended, C = background.)

Most books on reading lists should also be available from the Blackwells shop at Jessop West.


Wed 15:00 - 15:50 lecture   Hicks Lecture Theatre 9
Wed 16:00 - 16:50 lecture   Hicks Lecture Theatre 9