Mathematical Statistics 2
This course may be taken as a major subject for BSc, BSc(InfSys), BCom, BEcon, BBusSc, BA or BSocSc degrees.
Training in Mathematical Statistics is essential for would-be actuarial scientists, market research statisticians, econometricians, risk analysts, statistical analysts to name but a few. The department offers two-year major courses in Mathematical Statistics and Applied Statistics which start in the second year after credit has been obtained in Mathematics. These courses are aimed at providing both a sound foundation in statistical mathematics and competence in the practice of certain
areas of statistics.
To meet these objectives the department has highly qualified teaching staff and a modern computer laboratory. This supports
some of the major statistical packages, in which user instruction is given.
Student numbers in the second and third-year courses are small and classes, tutorials and practicals are conducted in a friendly and relaxed small-group atmosphere.
Course Objectives and Content
The aim of the course is to present a solid calculus based background in statistical theory together with its applications to solving practical real world problems. This course puts special emphasis on a clear understanding of the nature of statistics and on its importance in scientific investigations. None of the first-year courses in Statistics offered at Rhodes can realise the objectives mentioned due to a lower level of presenta-
tion and/or shorter duration. Anyone who has a credit in Mathematics (including all those who already did a first-year course in Statistics) can benefit from this inspiring and useful course. Most MST 2 students choose to major in Mathematical Statistics and later take third-year level courses (MST 3 or AST 3).