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)

Specialized basic courses for engineering students: a necessity or a nuisance?



Basic statistics courses for engineering students often focus on general applications in engineering, using course literature intended for ‘engineers’. However, these students are not a homogeneous group, and the differences among engineering programmes appear to be increasing. One way to meet the challenge of the diversity of needs within a discipline is to adapt the courses for different programmes. This could also be a way of increasing students’ motivation. During the past decade, several of the statistics courses given at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University have been specialized with regard to syllabi, applications and teaching methods. We discuss the factors involved in specialized course development, as well as the challenging implications for the teachers and department involved.