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Report and Statistics

Assignment Requirements
NMS105 Coursework 1
Written Report and Statistics – Briefing Notes

Staff responsible

Graham Adnitt & Tom Crichton


50% of the module (part A worth 25% part B worth 25%)



University pass


Accreditation pass


Date Set



10/11/2014, 23:00h



This coursework is in two parts:
Part A: You are required to submit a written report, fully utilising the report writing, presentation and referencing guidelines provided on Moodle. The purpose of the report is to familiarise you with some of the significant maritime organisations and terms, but also to ensure that you commence your university career with a good understanding of the necessary standards for submitting academic pieces of work.
Part B: To be submitted as an appendix to part A, this part (set by Tom Crichton), is a statistics based piece of work.
Detailed guidance

PART A: Using the library, and online resources (worth 25% o9f the module)

Writing a short paragraph for each subject, briefly summarise the role and/or purpose of each of the following maritime organisations, codes and terms. For each subject provide a minimum of two source references:
Maritime Organisations

International Maritime Organisation (IMO)
Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA)
Marine Accident investigation Branch (MAIB)

Codes of Practice

International Safety Management (ISM) Code
Small Commercial Vessel (SVC) Code

Regulatory requirements and guidance

UK Ship registration and Small ship register
Marine Notices (MCA)


PART B: Statistics (worth 25% of the module)

Complete this work and attach it as an appendix to part A submitting as a single document
Below are two sets of sample data from a chartwork examination
Set 1 is from a sample of nautical students basic chartwork using method A
Set 2 is from as sample of nautical students taught using a new method of teaching, method B
You should:
1) For each sample produce the following descriptive statistics using the formulae given in the lectures (30% of marks allocated)

Arithmetic mean
Standard deviation

2) Produce histograms of the samples   (30% of marks allocated)
3) Carry out a one tailed t to test the following hypotheses at 95% and 99% confidence state why the t test is appropriate in this case(40% of marks allocated)
calculate the values long-hand then write formulae in Excel to check them finally use the data analysis tool in Excel to check the answer (use t test 2 sample assuming equal variances)
H0, µ1=µ2                 where we assume no significant difference in the means and therefore no difference in the results gained by either teaching method A or B
H1, µ1>µ2                 where we assume a significant difference in the means and therefore a that method A produces significantly better results than method B
Be sure to state explicitly what the outcome of the test means in terms of the hypotheses and whether you accept or reject it
All work should be presented word processed (in Microsoft Word) with the sections clearly marked showing the formulae used and the working in full as an appendix to part A of the coursework.
The deadline is as per the teaching scheme and submission via the DLE (Moodle as described above)
Use the data, formulae and the table provided below
Data set for part B

data set 1
data set 2






















Formulae for part B
Critical values for part B
Further guidance
This piece of work must be completed in a report format, fully utilising the report writing, presentation and referencing guidance provided on the module information page on MOODLE.
References should be from a variety of sources (book, journals and online), and be fully cited in the text.
This report is to be primarily an exercise in research techniques (use of the university library and online research systems), correct use of university referencing systems and proper structuring of reports.
Include at the end of your report a word count (title page, abstract, contents, references, bibliography not to be included in the word count).
A maximum of 1000 words is in place for this coursework (this relates to the main body of the text only), word count does not include title page, abstract, contents page, references, bibliography, appendices etc.
The work should be word processed and presented as a single Microsoft Word document with sections and sub-sections in the main text.
Use Ariel font size 12. Line spacing at 1½.
The normal elements including title, abstract, contents, page numbers, section headings, appendices and reference/bibliographic sections should be used as appropriate.
Marks will be awarded for
Marks will be awarded for the following elements
1)      Presentation, layout of the document in correct report format, and as per coursework guidance (35%).
2)      Description of the subject, Quality of the research undertaken, which should display a good understanding of the subject (30%).
3)      References, which should include a minimum of 2 quality publications relating to each subject, and be cited correctly in the body of the text (35%).
NOTE: The figure in brackets indicates the weighting of the overall mark for each element of the marking scheme. As the first piece of work in this module, the presentation and referencing elements of this coursework are weighted more heavily in the marking criteria than would normally be the case.
HINTS for Part A:
Take note of the important elements of this guidance which are highlighted in bold.
Use a variety of resources – references using only on-line resources will be marked down.
Format of references is VERY important – follow the guidelines provided.
Any information used from a source should be referenced AND be accurately cited in the text.
Information from any source should be written in your own words (cutting and pasting text directly into a document is NOT appropriate).
This type of report should be written in the third person. For this work first and second person narrative should be avoided.
The brief asks for a short paragraph on each subject – try to avoid excessive explanations to get your point over. The paragraph should be brief and to the point and include citations for the references.
Fully read and understand the requirements of this coursework brief BEFORE starting work. Marks cannot be awarded for work (however good) that does not fit the stated brief.
Before submitting proof read your work to ensure it conforms to the marking criteria stated above, as these form the basis around which your work will be marked.
Please ensure you respond to each point raised further guidance and help will be given in the timetabled sessions.
Remember this is an individual assignment. Please read the guidance on academic dishonesty and plagiarism contained in the student handbook (Examination and assessment offences).
Be aware that any form of assessment offence will be taken seriously.
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