Data Presentation and Interpretation - 10 credits (HST303)
This module introduces students to numerical reasoning in archaeology and conservation. Numerical reasoning is not simply the use of statistics, it also involves the nature of the following: datasets and variables; statistical distribution; and the problems of sampling. Students will be introduced, and will use, Microsoft Excel and Access to input, manipulate and present numerical data. Students are assessed by completion of workshop exercises. Major topics studied: numerical reasoning; the uses and abuses of statistics in archaeology; simple significance tests such as the chi-squared test; using MS Excel and Access.