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SEMESTER I 2016/2017

BUM 2413 APPLIED


STATISTICS
FACULTY OF INDUSTRIAL
SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGY

ASSIGNMENT 1

DUE DATE :
14 OCTOBER 2016
(Friday, no later than
5PM)
TOTAL MARK: 50

The objectives of this assignment are to help you to understand the statistical analysis process, to analyse
data using software and to develop your integrity in reporting your assignment. The best way to
understand statistics is by involving yourself in the whole statistical process and not just limited to
studying statistics from books, videos, or websites. This assignment requires you to follow the steps of
statistical problem-solving methodology by conducting your own study. You will experience on how to
collect, organise, summarise, analyse, present, interpret, and draw conclusion from data, as well as
preparing a report of your study.
INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Set up a group that consists of between three (3) and four (4) members from your section only and
name your group using any statistical term.
2. Obtain an APPROVAL of your chosen topic from your lecturer BEFORE you start collecting data
and begin your statistical analysis.
3. Use the template on page 3 as the cover for your assignment booklet. Fill in all the required
particulars clearly.
4. Answer ALL questions and use appropriate statistical notations.
5. Perform ALL analyses using Microsoft Excel.
6. Submit the following items for EACH group:
(i) A hardcopy report that includes all attachments of the relevant evidences (Microsoft
Excel outputs, handwritten data record and photos) in the appendix section.
(ii) A softcopy report uploaded via KALAM in one compressed file
7. LATE submission of assignment will not be entertained.

Answer ALL the following questions.


1.

Identify a problem that you are interested to study. Provide a brief description of your
study.
(2 Marks)

2.

Choose a single variable which is in the interval or ratio level of measurement that
describe your chosen problem. State a reason for choosing that level of measurement.
(2 Marks)

3.

State your population.


(1 Mark)

4.

Choose two (2) samples from the population. For each sample, you should collect two
(2) sets of data of different sizes as follows.

Sample size

Sample 1
less than 30
more than 30

Sample 2
less than 30
more than 30

(i) State the samples.


(2 Marks)
(ii) Identify the method of data collection being used.
(1 Mark)
(iii)Identify which sampling method you used to collect the data. Explain the
sampling method process.
(2 Marks)
(iv) Collect all data for the samples. Provide all evidences.
(5 Marks)
5.

For each set of data, find the mean, median, mode(s), variance, and standard deviation.
(4 Marks)

6.

Did different samples provide different conclusions to this study by comparing its
descriptive statistics values? Give your reason.
(4 Marks)

7.

Did different sample sizes effect the conclusion of the study by comparing its descriptive
statistics values? Give your reason.
(4 Marks)

8.

Which measures of central tendency is the best to describe your data? Give a reason.
(2 Marks)

9.

Construct histograms for all data sets (be sure to label it properly!). Describe the shape of
distribution for each histogram.
(8 Marks)

10.

Construct boxplots for all data sets on the same x-axis. Identify the shape of the
distributions. Compare and comment on the averages and variability of the boxplots.
(12 Marks)

11.

Draw a conclusion of your study.


(1 Mark)

ASSIGNMENT 1
BUM2413 APPLIED STATISTICS
SEMESTER I 2016/2017

GROUP NAME: ___________________


NAME

STUDENT ID

SECTION

LECTURER

FOR EXAMINER USE ONLY


Question

Marks

Question

Marks

10

10

12

11

GRAND TOTAL

Your Marks

50

Your Marks