Module design


At Nottingham, students attend one lab class every two weeks and each lasts up to 3 hours. Thus this module contains 10 weeks of materials that are spread across a year of teaching. This module runs alongside a module in statistics and is designed so that the materials being taught in the two classes match up as closely as possible (the notable exception is that in the first few weeks no inferential tests have been taught but t-tests are being used in labs).

The classes at Nottingham run in computer labs with roughly 60 computers. Students typically run with one student per computer, although one computer between two is also perfectly feasible (this has been done when fewer computers have been available).

Most of the classes involve a period of lecture, about the study, the software or report writing, followed by data collection, followed by analysis.