This paper is from Session 4A: A taxonomy of statistics courses
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which comes under Topic 4: Statistics education at the post secondary (tertiary) level

(Monday 12th, 11:00-12:30)

Accommodating specialists and non-specialists in statistics courses


  • Kevin Keen (University of Northern British Columbia, Canada)


Seven upper division Statistics courses in support of a new Minor in Statistics have been developed to be taught by two statisticians at The University of Northern British Columbia. These courses have been designed so that non-specialist undergraduate and postgraduate students can enrol in these courses. Five undergraduate courses are paired with parallel courses for postgraduate credit for a proposed Master of Science to be offered by the School of Business and a proposed Health Sciences doctoral program. Through discussions with the curricula committees for these programs, course prerequisites became calculus and linear algebra courses as taught to non-science majors. This requirement generally exceeds that expected for typical non-specialist courses but is less than the usual for specialist courses. The R statistical software package and the fundamentals of graphical display will be incorporated throughout this new curriculum.