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Durham University

Postgraduate Module Handbook 2021/2022

Archive Module Description

This page is for the academic year 2021-22. The current handbook year is 2022-23
No such Code for pgprog: N1D317
No such Code for pgprog: N1D217
No such Code for pgprog: N1D314

Department: Management and Marketing


Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Not available in 2021/22
Tied to N1D317
Tied to N1D217
Tied to N1D314


  • None.


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • To provide students with a sufficiently detailed knowledge of methods for solving quantitative problems to permit them to appreciate material covered elsewhere in the MBA programme.


  • Data description.
  • The Normal distribution.
  • Inference: means, proportions, contingency tables (Chi-squared).
  • Applications of statistical models to management problems, e.g. risk and monitoring.
  • Linear models: simple regression and applications; introduction to linear programming.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • By the end of this module, students should have a detailed knowledge of key concepts in data description and statistical modelling; monitoring and hypothesis testing; and linear models.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • By the end of this module, students should:
  • Be able to use a range of standard statistical tests and apply them to complex management problems;
  • Be able to use modelling applications within Excel and apply them to complex management problems.
Key Skills:
  • Written communication.
  • Planning, organising and time management.
  • Problem solving and analysis.
  • Using initiative.
  • Computer literacy.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • The module is delivered in discrete Units. These are designed to enable the learning outcomes to be achieved through a combination of specially written material, directed reading, reflection through self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading. Module tutors provide feedback on formative work and are available for individual consultation as necessary (by email, telephone, post or fax).
  • The written assignment will test students' understanding of, and ability to apply, relevant statistical and modelling techniques.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
DL Study Units (a combination of specially written material, directed reading, self-assessed assignments and guidance for further reading) 150
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Written Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written Assignment 4,000 words maximum 100%

Formative Assessment:

Quantitative exercises.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University