Checking date: 12/04/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Statistics applied to journalism
Study: Dual Bachelor in Journalism and Humanities Studies (282)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Statistics

Type: Basic Core
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
SPECIFICS COMPETENCES: To gain knowledge and understanding in: 1. Learning to organize, synthesize and analyze univariate and bivariate data. 2. Understanding and interpretation of published statistical studies (samples, economic predictions, papers from INE, Eurostat, etc). 3. Carrying out simple statistical analyeses using software. TRANSVERSE COMPETENCES: 1. Capacity of analysis and synthesis. 2. Knowing how to use statistical software. 3. Problem solving. 4. Teamwork. 5. Critical reasoning. 6. Verbal and written communication.
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction. 1.1. Concept and uses of statistics. 1.2. Statistical terminology: populations, subpopulations, individuals and samples. 1.3. Types of variable. 2. Analysis of univariate data. 2.1. Representations and graphs of qualitative data. 2.2. Representations and graphs of quantitative data. 2.3. Numerical summary. 3. Analysis of bivariate data. 3.1. Representations and graphs of qualitative and discrete data. 3.2. Representations and graphs of continuous data: correlation and regression. 4. Probability and probability models. 4.1. Random experiment, simple space, elementary and composite events. 4.2. Properties of probability. 4.3. Conditional probability and its properties. 4.4. Random variables and their characteristics. 4.5. Bernoulli trials and related distributions. 4.6. The normal distribution. 5. Introduction to statistical inference. 5.1. Ideas and objectives. 5.2. Point estimation. 5.3. Interval estimation. 5.4. Fundamental concepts of hypothesis tests. 5.5. Tests for the mean in normal populations. 5.6. Tests for proportions.
Learning activities and methodology
Theory (3 ECTS). Theory clases with background materials available on the web. Practical (3 ECTS) Problem solving. Computer practicals in computer labs. Verbal expositions and debates.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Basic Bibliography
  • Remenyi, D.. An introduction to statistics using Microsoft Excel. Academic Publishing. 2010
  • Ross, S.M.. Introductory Statistics. Elsevier. 2005
Additional Bibliography
  • Jauset. J.A. . La investigación de audiencias en televisión - Fundamentos estadísticos. Editorial Paidós. 2000
  • Takahishi, S.. The Manga Guide to Statistics. Starch Press. 2009
  • Wimmer. R. y Dominick, J.. Mass media research: An introduction. International Thomson Editores. 2014

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