STOR601: Training for Research and Industry
Coordinators: Rebecca Killick, Guglielmo Lulli, Jonathan Tawn, Dave Worthington
Outline: The module comprises approximately 125 contact hours and includes the following:
- Core computing skills (e.g. local computing facilities, linux/windows).
- Key STOR programming languages including R and C++.
- Web design.
- Scientific writing style (e.g. consulting report, journal article).
- Literature searching and referencing.
- Graphical and tabular presentation.
- Mathematical exposition.
- How to communicate effectively, design of slides/overheads/handouts, design of posters, good and bad-habits in public speaking.
- Beamer as a presentation package.
- Skills for eliciting relevant background to problems through to conceptualising these in a model formulation which integrates the relevant scientific knowledge with STOR methods which capture an appropriate level of assumption.
Problem solving workshops
- A current open industrial problem will be presented to the students in groups which are facilitated by staff and current STOR-i students. An outline approach or solution will be developed for presentation to the collaborator.
Topical research overview
- Presentations on thriving research areas in STOR. Students will be expected to produce a summary and a brief literature review.
Objectives: The aims of this module are to:
Provide students with a range of skills which are necessary for effective research work in Statistics and Operational Research (STOR) including team-working, oral presentation, computing and programming for STOR and the preparation of written reports of various kinds.
Develop experience in advanced problem solving methods for addressing inter-disciplinary problems.
Develop an awareness of a broader range of topical research areas within STOR and to explore a subset of these at a deeper level in preparation for their selection of a thesis area.
Learning Outcomes: On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
Use the key programming languages and type-setting software required for STOR research;
Demonstrate appropriate report writing structure;
Present results appropriately in talks, posters and websites;
Develop effective modelling strategies and demonstrate their skills in a range of complex industrial problems;
Use the computer statistical package R and computer programme skills in C++ to calculate a range of statistical summaries and evaluate optimisation strategies;
Write and typeset mathematical reports in LaTeX;
Work as a team member on projects.
In addition, students will have an awareness of a range of STOR research areas and will have demonstrated a deeper level of knowledge in a subset of these.
- Chatfield C. (1988), Problem solving. Chapman and Hall, London.
- Dalgaard P. (2002), Introductory statistics with R. Springer, New York.
- Lamport L. (1994), LaTeX: a document preparation system. Addison Wesley.
- Starfield, A. M. Smith, K. A. and Bleloch, A. L. (1990), How to model it: problem solving for the computer age, McGraw-Hill (New York).
- Tufte E.R. (2001), The visual display of quantitative information. Graphics Press.
Assessment: Assessment will be through coursework (80%) and team work (20%). The coursework assessment consists of a set of exercises with one piece of assessed work under each of the following headings:
- Design of a personal web site;
- OR modelling through short projects and presentations;
- Computer programming high level statistical and OR analysis;
- Design of a poster summarising topical research area;
- Scientific writing project using LaTeX of topical research area;
- Scientific project presentation using LaTeX of topical research area, oral presentation of work on scientific project;
- Team work will be assessed by observation throughout the course of the year (e.g. via performance on problem solving days) by a number of independent observers, including industrial representatives (their views will be moderated by the course convenor).
Contact hours: There will be a mixture of lectures, workshops, computing labs and practical sessions totalling approximately 125 hours contact. In addition, private study will make up the majority of the learning hours.
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