The Bachelor of Science in Statistics is designed to equip candidates aspiring to become statisticians with skills that will enable them apply the statistical theory while using recent computing technology. Being an inductive science, Statisticians extract information from sample data in order to draw informed inferences. This involves planning statistical experiments to ensure that valid answers to questions are obtained from the sample. Statistics therefore deals with the collection, classification, summarizing and analysis of data that affects most aspects of modern life. Statistics derives vitality in coping with practical problems, which arise in all fields of scientific, social and economic activities.
The investigator‘s efforts to learn about a specific phenomenon, in fields such as agriculture finance, economics and medicine are impacted by the presence of natural variations. The field of statistics is therefore concerned with valid and efficient way to learn more about these phenomena in the presence of such variations.
Many a times, there is disconnect between statistical theory and statistical application. Most statisticians produced have a flare in the theory but have difficulty in analyzing the statistical data, especially one that requires application of statistical software‘s. This limits their analysis of many fields such as in Biological and Physical Sciences, Agricultural, Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, and many other fields.
Statistics deals rationally and objectively with the uncertainty that accompanies variation phenomena as highly complex as the interplay of many factors that affects our environment. The statistician‘s main task is to determine what type of data to collect how to collect it and how to analyze it. These problems are solved by designing Experiments or carrying out Sample Surveys. Since statistical inference is concerned with inferring what the population is like on basis of the sample, the link between population and sample is provided by Probability Theory, which forms an important part of the curriculum. Developing and assessing statistical models to describe the variation in some response in terms of other explanatory variables and applications of these models is also incorporated. We apply concepts in Pure and Applied Mathematics such as calculus, Linear and Abstract Algebra, Combinatory, Difference and Differential equations in advance analysis of data. Since a statistician requires a strong application background, computer programming and application courses such as Economics, Accounting, and Finance are included.
This degree program shall therefore equip the students with knowledge, skills and attitudes that will enable them to work as Statisticians in diverse fields. Apart from teaching, the graduates could work in the Ministry of Planning, Central Bureau of Statistics, Research institutions, pharmaceutical industry and non-governmental organizations such as public opinion pollsters. In addition, this program will produce graduates who can undertake postgraduate studies in statistics world over.
Aims and Objectives
The general aim of the program is to provide students with a wide range of skills, knowledge, and attitudes to respond to their need for effective data analysis and management of surveys.
The Bachelor of Science in Statistics programme is to produce graduates that are able to:
- Design statistical experiments and sample surveys for collecting data;
- Identify appropriate methods for presenting, analyzing and interpreting data;
- Apply statistical techniques to model relationships between variables and make predictions;
- Design and implement algorithms to solve statistical problems;
- Produce graduates who can pursue post-graduate studies in this area.