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Department of Mathematics & Statistics

STAT380 Statistical Computing

First Semester
18 points
Not available after 2018

This course develops a working knowledge of several topics in modern statistical computing. We focus on a practical understanding of how and why such methods work rather than their analytic bases. A second aim is to learn a suitable language that allows computer implementation of the statistical ideas covered.

Potential students

This paper is intended for students with some exposure to statistical techniques.


STAT 241 + 18 additional points of 200-level statistics

Main topics

Required text

There is no prescribed textbook, but some texts that may be useful include:


Matthew Schofield, Peter Dillingham


Monday and Wednesday at 9:00 - 9:50 AM; room B21. These are compulsory.


Tuesday at 9:00 - 9:50 AM; room B21. This is compulsory.

Internal Assessment

The internal assessment will make up 40% of the final mark. Six assignments will make up a total of 25% of the final mark. A mid-term test will make up 15% of the final mark.

Exam format

The final exam will be worth 60% of the final mark. A minimum score of 40% is required on the exam in order to pass the paper.

Final mark

While we strive to keep details as accurate and up-to-date as possible, information given here should be regarded as provisional. Individual lecturers will confirm teaching and assessment methods.