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There are three elements to the assessment in RMS:

  1. Homework: 25%
  2. Research Report: 25%.  
  3. Exam: 50%

Homework (25%)

Each week you will complete a multiple choice quiz via LEARN. The homework questions will be based on the content of the lectures, problem set, lab and reading. The idea behind weekly assessment is to provide regular feedback on your progression to enable you to better seek further help as it is needed, and to encourage continual engagement with the course. The homework also acts as exam revision as the style of questions will be identical to section A of the exam (see below).

Completing Homework

Homework will be completed electronically through LEARN. Weeks 1 will act as practice tests to make sure that you understand how to find, open, complete and submit the homework. If you have any issues with your personal laptops accessing the homework, please contact IT support and complete homework on a University computer until you are confident the problem has been resolved.

Advice on preparation for completing homework is available in the Course Study Guide on LEARN.

Homework will be available from 09:00 on Monday and will close at 17:00 on Sunday each week. Feedback on each homework will be available once the homework submission deadline has passed on each Sunday.

Calculation of your homework total mark

This course covers 10 weeks. Homework in the first week does not count towards your final grade. The final homework grade is calculated as the average mark of your highest 7 quiz scores out of the remaining 9 weeks.

Failure to Complete Homework

The calculation of your total mark means that you are able to miss up to 2 homework quizzes without any direct impact on your total grade. However, please note, if you miss a homework due to illness or any other reason which would class as a special circumstance, you should contact the Teaching Office and your Personal Tutor and consider completing a special circumstance form.

We strongly recommend that you complete all homework exercises to the best of your ability to ensure you get the highest grade possible.


Research Report (25%)

One of the key skills in applied research is to be able to clearer and formally write up the results of a statistical analysis focused on answering a specific research question. This section of the course assessment is designed to assess this skill.

In this assessment you will be provided with a data set and a set of research questions. You will be asked to produce a Methods and Results section describing the rationales for the analyses selected and interpreting your results. In addition, you will be asked to provide the R-code used to produce your results, which will be checked for accuracy against what is included in the report itself. During the semester we will practice these skills in the labs and problem sets, and provide you with guidance on how to formally write up results.

The research reports are marked based on the University Common marking scheme. If your code fails to run, or fails to reproduce the results in your report, you will be deducted 10% (e.g. a 75 would become a 65).


Exam (50%)

The exam will take place in the winter digest. It will be a 2 hour exam.  As of 2019-2020, you are allowed to bring a two-sided A4 paper of notes with you that can include anything you may find relevant to have with you during the exam (i.e. equations, code examples).  The exam will consist of three sections.

  1. Multiple Choice (30%): This section will contain 30 multiple choice questions each worth one mark. These questions will be identical in form to those you have been completing in the weekly homework quizzes.
  2. R-code, Calculation and Interpretation (70%): This section will contain a variety of questions which test some basics of R-code and calculation, but primarily focusses on the interpretation and understanding of specific analyses. These questions will be of the type you have completed in your labs and problem sets

For more information and guidance on completing the open book exam and how to prepare, see the course study guide on LEARN.


Pass Grade

Pass Grade

To pass RMS student's must achieve an average mark across all assessments of 40%.