Level of Study
Bachelor and master
Autumn Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information: https://www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course provides a basic introduction to statistical methods commonly applied in the analysis of observed and simulated quantities in oceanography and meteorology. This includes descriptive statistics to quantify properties of a data set and inferential statistics to test hypotheses and make inferences about unknown aspects of a population and their uncertainties. The course further contains specific methods for analysis of spatial data and time series such as empirical orthogonal functions, frequency analysis, and filtering. The theory will be applied to geophysical problems.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- knows how to compute and assess basic statistical properties of a data set
- knows how to select and apply appropriate statistical models to infer properties about a population, including estimates of uncertainty, based on a sample of data
- knows the strengths and limitations of different methods of analysis commonly applied to geophysical problems
- can prepare and organize observational and model data for statistical analysis
- can compute correlations and regressions between time series
- can test hypotheses and estimate confidence intervals
- can deduce the spatial structure of data
- can determine the frequency spectrum of a time series and apply appropriate filters
- can interpret and make figures and diagrams
- can perform analysis on large data sets using a state of the art programming language
- is able to apply statistical methods to analyze geophysical data
- is able to synthesize and present the results of the analysis in a scientific report
Required Previous Knowledge
GEOF105 Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean or equivalent.
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Teaching and learning methods
3 hours lecture per week. Excercises 2 hours per week
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Approved project thesis
Valid for four semesters: The semester mandatory activities have been approved and the three following semesters.
Forms of Assessment
The project thesis must be passed in order to take the exam. The final exam is written, lasting for four hours.
Autumn 2020 and spring 2021 the final written digtial exam will be done from home.
Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 22.02.2021, 09:00
- 4 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam