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MA2010: PROBABILITY (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

Probability theory is concerned with the analysis of random phenomena by providing an abstract mathematical framework to study them within the language of set theory. This is done by the concepts of "probability spaces" and "random variables". The theory began in the 16th century in attempts to analyze games of chance; In 1812 Pierre Simon Laplace wrote: "It is remarkable that a science which began with the consideration of games of chance should have become the most important object of human knowledge."

The course is recommended to anyone interested in the foundations and applications of mathematics.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mark Grant

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 2

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Course Description

The course arims to provide an introduction to "Probability Theory", namely the mathematical framework used to study events involving randomness. Applications range from game theory to financial mathematics.


  • Sample spaces and (discrete) probability spaces.
  • Conditional probability and the partition theorem.
  • Random variables and distribution functions.
  • Expectation and variance of random variables. Linearity of the expectation. The covariance.
  • Independent random variables.
  • Frequently used distributions: Bernoulli, binomial, geometric, hypergeometric, Poisson.
  • Limit theorems (Chebyshef's inequality, the weak law of large numbers, the central limit theorem).
  • Branching processes (if time permits).

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 during University weeks 8 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x assignments (25% each)

Test (25%)

10x Weekly Quiz (2.5% each, 25% in total)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online Exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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