On completion of this unit students should be able to follow the mathematical demonstrations and proofs used in biostatistics at Masters degree level, and to understand the mathematics behind statistical methods introduced at that level. The intention is to allow students to concentrate on statistical concepts in subsequent units, and not be distracted by the mathematics employed. Content: basic algebra and analysis; exponential functions; calculus; series, limits, approximations and expansions; linear algebra, matrices and determinants; and numerical methods.
8-15 hours total study time per week, depending on the amount of revision required
Assignments 100%: functions and limits (20%) calculus (40%) linear algebra (40%)
BSTA5001 - Compulsory: 1) Anton H, Bivens I, Davis S. Calculus: Early Transcendentals, 11th edition. Wiley, 2016. ISBN 9781118884126. 2) Anton, Howard. Elementary Linear Algebra. 11th edition, Wiley 2014. Note: There are a number of Anton versions; be sure you have the correct one. Useful but not essential text: Healy, MJR. Matrices for Statistics, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, 2000, ISBN 978-0-470-45821-1. Notes supplied..