Level of Study
Bachelor and master
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
Aim and Content
The course provides a basic introduction to statistical methods commonly applied in analysis of observed simulated quantities in oceanography and meteorology. This includes descriptive statistic, hypothesis testing, and probability distribution. The course will further contain frequency analysis and filtering of time series, and methods for identifying spatial coherences such as linear regressions, correlation analysis, and empirical orthogonal functions. The theory will be applied on 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 hypothesis testing
- can make inference based on a sample of data and quantify the uncertainty associated
- can prepare and systemize observational and model data for statistical analysis
- can present the results of the analysis
- can compute correlations and regressions between time series
- can determine the frequency spectrum of a time series
- can deduce the spatial structure of data
- is able to compute and assess basic statistical properties
- is able to synthesize the result of analyzes in a scientific report
Required Previous Knowledge
GEOF105 or equivalent.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Background in meteorology and/or oceanography; basic training in statistics.
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. If less than 10 students are registered, there might be an oral exam.
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. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Oral examination
- Withdrawal deadline
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 06.12.2018, 09:00
- 4 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam