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Writing Intensive

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Statistics (STAT)
Senior Seminar - Writing Intensive
A capstone course required of and open only to senior statistics majors. Students will participate in statistical consulting, attend colloquia, and review articles in professional journals. Writing of reports will be emphasized.
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senior statistics major and 12 completed hours of statistics courses or instructor's consent.

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134M Middlebush

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This is a Writing Intensive Statistics Capstone course required of and restricted to senior statistics majors. Students will participate in statistical consulting, attend colloquia, and review articles in professional journals. Writing of reports will be emphasized, including revision work and peer critique.
I plan to customize the course as I did in Spring 2013 and 2015 to the students enrolled with respect to their areas of interest in Statistics. Therefore there may be changes to some of the topics covered, but this will not affect the number or type of writing assignments. The small size of the class allowed for much interaction between the students and me, and provided what seemed to be a comfortable environment for everyone to share ideas and engage in meaningful peer assessments. The only significant change I anticipate in the assignments is that the second major writing project will involve some group work. This change is a result of feedback from last year's students as well as the increased size of the class this spring. The group work will be limited to designing and conducting an experiment and making a presentation to the class. Reports will be written individually.
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Writing Intensive Assignments

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The primary purpose of all writing assignments will be to strengthen students' critical thinking and written communication skills. Successful statisticians must combine knowledge of statistical theory and application with the ability to convey concepts and defend results to non-statisticians. Two Major Reports; one revision each after peer review of first draft; five typed pages each draft (first and final) + one page peer review = 11 typed pages total per report (22 typed pages total both reports); plus oral presentations to class. Instructor will evaluate final revisions and oral presentations. These assignments will educate the students in evaluating and writing technical and scientific papers, providing constructive feedback to others, and clearly communicating statistical ideas and arguments both orally and in writing. 1 - Find two published studies on the same research question which report conflicting findings. You must locate the primary sources (original professional or scientific journal article with the researchers as authors). Identify the research question and explain its importance. For each of the two studies, report and evaluate the data collection methods, the statistical analyses, and the results and conclusions as reported. After critically reviewing the two studies, using sound statistical reasoning, write your own conclusion summarizing the validity of each of the two studies. 2 - Investigate a specific research question of relevance to your professional field of interest or personal life. Design and conduct an experiment that addresses the question, analyze the results, and reach a conclusion. Write a scientific report (in the form of a journal article) including Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. 4-6 Short Reports, 2-3 with one revision, two typed pages each draft = 12-18 typed pages total. Instructor will evaluate all drafts. Examples: Report on a statistical colloquium; report on a consultation meeting with campus researchers; report on a media story, critiquing the statistical methods and conclusions; prepare resume and cover letter. 6-8 In-Class Writing Assignments, over readings provided in advance or prompts integrating material previously covered in class. Writing Journal, 12+ weekly entries, 1-2 handwritten pages each = 12-24+ handwritten pages total. Instructor will evaluate. Students will find examples in the media of research conclusions, investigate their sources and validity, and provide a personal assessment.
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Writing Intensive Teaching

Peer review
Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
Peer review of first draft of major reports. Instructor review of first draft of some brief reports. Instructor will provide feedback on all final written submissions and on oral presentations.
One Major Report, some Short Reports, in-class writing, and the Writing Journal (all described above) allow for this.
Students will be writing throughout the entire semester.

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