This paper is from Session 9B: Rethinking the statistics curriculum: computing skills our students need
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which comes under Topic 9: Technology in statistics education

(Monday 12th, 16:30-18:00)

Developing introductory computing for stats undergraduates



Computer literacy is an essential part of a modern education in statistics (or any field that involves working with data). Two statistical computing courses have been developed in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland. The first provides instruction in fundamentals of computer storage, writing computer code, and data structures. The second covers simple programming ideas, how to write larger pieces of code, and graphics. This paper describes the evolution of these courses, noting successes and failures both in terms of what content is delivered and in terms of how that content is delivered.