Programs of Statistics

I. Program title: Bachelor of Science in Statistics

The BSc program in Statistics started in 1973 as a four year program. Due to recent changes

the duration of the study has been reduced to three years in 2010. The main objective

of the program is to train middle level statisticians in order to meet the demands of the

socioeconomic, business and development sectors in the country.

Summary of Credit (ECTS) Requirements

Major Related and

Compulsory Elective

63(107) 6(10) 34(57) 12(20) 115(194)

Admission requirement:

An applicant must have successfully completed the science

preparatory in a recognized secondary school with good performance in mathematics in the

national or equivalent placement/entrance examination.

Academic staff: 14 lecturers – all with MSc in Statistics.

Current student population: 205.

II. Program title: Master of Science in Statistics

The MSc program of the Department of Statistics was launched in 1983. Ever since the

program had gone through three review processes. The latest review took place in 2008. The

existing program was developed based on the views of stakeholders obtained from opinion

surveys and workshops in which organizations and past graduates were asked among others

about their manpower requirements and the courses relevant and irrelevant to the world of

work and to national needs. The MSc program mission and goals are clearly defined and

aligned with the mission and goals of AAU.

The main objective of the program is to advance the mission of the department through

achieving excellence in the three core functions: teaching, research, and providing service to

the wider community. The foremost aim is to train middle level statisticians in order to meet

the demands of the socioeconomic, business and development sectors in the country.

Credits: The course work requirements in the thesis option and non-thesis option are 28 and

34 credit hours, respectively.

Duration of the program: Two years.

Mode of delivery: Lectures, assignments, seminars and/or a combination of these.

Admission requirements:

• a bachelor’s degree in statistics or any other field related to the stream from a

recognized university.

Supportive

• pass in the MSc entrance examination.

• general admission requirements of AAU must be met.

Program aims: The main aim of the MSc program is to advance the mission of the

department through achieving excellence in our three core functions: teaching, research,

and providing service to the wider community. The foremost aim is to train middle level

statisticians in order to meet the demands of the socioeconomic, business and development

sectors in the country.

Intended learning outcomes can be implied by the graduate profile. A graduate with MSc in

statistics would

• have a thorough knowledge of study designs and types of data collected in a wide

range of fields of application;

• have a thorough knowledge of the familiar methods of statistical analysis used in

scientific research, social and economic sectors;

• plan study designs, collection, processing, and analysis of statistical data;

• apply both simple and advanced methods of statistical analysis on data sets arising in

a wide range of fields of application;

• manage the day-to-day activities of major statistical units;

• use various computer packages for data entry and statistical analysis;

• write clear reports, research papers, etc. based on statistical analysis.

Teaching and learning: A combination of lectures (using blackboard/whiteboard), power-
point presentations, independent as well as group presentations and demonstrations and

computer laboratory are being used in the teaching-learning process. Most of the courses

require students to do statistical computing and analyses both manually and using available

statistical software. There is a dedicated computer lab for this purpose. The technologies

available/in use to support and facilitate the learning-teaching are not adequate. There are

official consultation hours during which students avail themselves of the possibility to

approach instructors to ask questions or discuss other academic matters related to courses

they take in that semester and other personal matters.

Assessment means: The assessment methods include tests and assignments, presentations,

computer lab practices, practical projects, and a final examination.

Staff: 2 Full Professors, 1 Associate Professor, 2 Assistant Professors (another faculty who

will complete his PhD this year will join us).

Governance and management of the program: As per the regulations of AAU the

Department Graduate Committee and the chairperson have the responsibility to deal with

governance and management of the program.

Resource profile: 1 lecture room, 1 computer lab, a department library.

Indicators of quality and standards: Feedback about performance of graduates (as assessed

by employers), publications of articles emanating from theses work, information based on

opinion survey, success of graduates in PhD studies (abroad).

Mechanisms to evaluate and improve quality and standards: Collaboration with

institution of similar nature, engage guest instructors and researchers, establish links (formal

and informal) with local research institutes that use statistics, seek the advice and opinion

of Ethiopian statisticians who reside abroad, use feedback from members of the Ethiopian

Statistical Association.

Requirements for Graduation

General AAU requirements as stipulated for two-years MSc/MA programs.

Degree Nomenclature

Applied Statistics Stream

English: Master of Science in Statistics (Applied Statistics)

Amharic: ( )

Biostatistics Stream

English: Master of Science in Statistics (Biostatistics)

Amharic: ( )

Academic staff: 2 Full Professors, 1 Associate Professor (joint appointee), 3 Assistant

Professors.

Students: In the current academic year 2013/14 there are 32 students.

III. Program title: PhD in Statistics

The PhD program of the Department of Statistics was approved by the Senate of AAU in

April 2013. Although there are two options (a course-based dissertation and a dissertation-
only option) the program started with the latter option.

The objective of the Ph. D. program is to produce highly-qualified statisticians who are

capable of taking positions in universities, industry, government ministries and agencies,

research institutes, and financial institutions.

General Provision

The Departmental Graduate Committee (DGC) shall place a candidate to one of the options

based on critical assessment of academic records, teaching and research experience of the

candidate.

Option I: course work and research.

Option II: research only.

Course Work

Candidates in option I are required to take courses in statistics, give seminars and review

research papers on current topics in their areas of focus. They will be encouraged to attend

and participate in conferences. Candidates in both options are also required to take remedial

courses as identified by the DGC.

Course Work

Candidates in option I are required to take courses in statistics, give seminars and review research papers on current topics in their areas of focus. They will be encouraged to attend and participate in conferences. Candidates in both options are also required to take remedial courses as identified by the DGC.

 

 

 

 

 

Research

Supervision: It is the responsibility of the Ph. D. candidate to find a dissertation advisor and, if necessary, a co-advisor. The candidate must choose his/her research advisor from amongst the research advisors recognized by the Department.

 

The candidate in option I shall begin consultation with the staff of the       Department regarding his/her area of research interest as soon as he/she is   registered for   the first time. The objective of this consultation is to choose             a research advisor and subsequently finalize the topic of research.

 

The candidate in option II shall begin consultation with the staff of the Department regarding his/her area of research interest prior to applying for admission. The objective of this consultation is to choose a research advisor and subsequently develop a research proposal for the doctoral dissertation to be submitted at the time of first registration.

Normally a candidate shall be required to complete his/her doctoral research under the supervision of the advisor who recommends the approval of the research topic. However, the DGC upon the candidate’s request may allow change of        advisor on the production of a ‘no objection’ letter from the first advisor and an acceptance letter from the new advisor.

 

A ‘no objection’ certificate will not be required if the candidate justifies the non-availability of his/her advisor. The justification will have to be endorsed by the Chairperson of the Department after consulting the DGC.

 

In case of such a change, the candidate shall work for a minimum period of one calendar year under the new advisor before he/she submits the dissertation.

 

 

Selection and approval of Doctoral dissertation topic

 

The Ph. D. candidate in option I, in consultation with his/her advisor,         shall submit a research proposal on the doctoral dissertation topic to the        Department within one-and-half year of his/her first registration.

 

The candidate   shall be required to make a presentation on his/her research proposal at the Department before a Committee consisting of the Research Advisor as the Chairperson and two recognized Research Advisors in the relevant area recommended by the Advisor and the Department Chairperson. The presentation will be arranged by the Chairperson of the Department within three months after submission of the proposal.

 

The Ph. D. candidate in option II, in consultation with his/her advisor, shall submit a research proposal on the doctoral dissertation topic to the Department within a year after his/her first registration.

 

The candidate   shall be required to make a presentation on his/her research proposal at the Department before a Committee consisting of the Research Advisor as the Chairperson and two recognized Research Advisors in the relevant area recommended by the Advisor and the Department Chairperson. The presentation will be arranged by the Chairperson of the Department within six months of first registration.

The report of the presentation shall be sent to the Department Chairperson by the Research Advisor within one month from the date of presentation, and it will be placed before the DGC. If the presentation is unsatisfactory, the proposal shall be rejected and the applicant shall be required to submit a fresh proposal and make a presentation again within six months.

In both options, the proposal shall be approved as per the regulations of the Addis Ababa University.

 

Work Schedule: A candidate in consultation with his/her advisor shall submit a study and work schedule for approval by the DGC. The schedule shall include all courses for which the candidate intends to register or audit and the anticipated dates of completion of the different stages of the dissertation work.

 

Teaching and other services: Candidates will be required to give Statistics lectures and tutorials to students in the undergraduate             programs of the University. They may be expected to actively participate in providing computing and other services in the Department of Statistics.

 

Duration of the Program: The Ph. D. program will take three to four years but should not be extended beyond six years.

 

 

Requirements of the Program

 

Option I

 

  1. A candidate is required to take a minimum of 17 credit hours of course work including seminars and current topics. In addition, the candidate may also be required to take remedial courses in the M. Sc. Program and pass with a minimum grade of B. However, the grades earned for the remedial courses shall not count towards the Ph.D program.

 

ii     The minimum course work requirement for graduation shall be a cumulative

grade point average of 3.00.

  1. All courses with grades below “B” shall be repeated. No course may be repeated more than once.

           

Option II

 

  1. A candidate may be required to take and pass (with a minimum grade of B) courses relevant to his/her research from the list of courses in the Statistics M. Sc. and/or Ph. D. programs.

 

  1. The grades earned in remedial courses shall not count towards the Ph. D. program.

 

 

Residency: A candidate is required to spend (for study and research) at least two years at the Department. For candidates in option I, about half of the total number of credit hours must be taken in the Department. Courses related to a candidate’s area of research may be taken at any other accredited University or Institute. Such an arrangement will be made depending on the availability of study opportunity that enables the candidate benefit from exposure to different research environments.

 

Doctoral dissertation

All candidates shall be required to produce a written doctoral dissertation and to   defend the dissertation successfully.

 

General requirements: All candidates will be expected to carry out original research in their respective fields of specialization, the results of which will be presented as a doctoral dissertation        subject to careful scrutiny by examiners.

 

Option I

 

  1. A candidate will be required to pass all course requirements and get approval for their research topic before being eligible to conduct research towards his/her doctoral dissertation.

 

  1. The doctoral dissertation shall constitute the partial fulfillment of the requirements to the Ph. D. degree program.

Option II

 

  1. A candidate will be required to get approval of his/her doctoral research topic proposal as described in Part 6 above before being eligible to conduct research towards the doctoral dissertation.

 

  1. The doctoral dissertation shall constitute the fulfillment of the requirement to the Ph. D. degree program.

 

Admission requirements: In addition to meeting standard requirements set by the graduate studies programs of Addis Ababa University, candidates (a) with a Masters Degree in Statistics from any recognized institution, and (b) who pass a qualifying examination

may be admitted to the Ph. D. program in Statistics.

 

Academic staff: 2 Full Professors (full-time), 3 Associate Professors (one with home-base and two adjunct), 1 Associate Professor (joint appointee); collaborating 2 adjunct Professors and 3 adjunct Associate Professors in the USA, Europe and South Africa.

 

Students: In the current academic year 2013/14 four candidates are registered in the program; they are preparing their research proposals.