Questions on Non-Introductory Courses

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 10, Number 1 (Spring 2004)


Carol Joyce Blumberg is updating and preparing for publication a presentation that she gave at the ISI (International Statistical Institute) Biennial Session in 2001. It deals with the variety of non-introductory courses for non-mathematics and non-statistics first degree students in higher education institutions around the world. If your institution offers such courses or if you have any opinions on the questions listed below, please email her at cblumberg@winona.edu or send by fax to (507) 457-5376. Your help will be acknowledged in the final manuscript.

Questions:

  1. What is your definition of introductory statistics?
  2. What statistics courses does your institution teach beyond introductory statistics that are REQUIRED for any non-mathematics or non-statistics degree students and why? Also, please indicate which majors take each of these courses.
  3. What statistics courses does your institution teach beyond introductory statistics that are OPTIONAL for any non-mathematics or non-statistics degree students?
  4. Which of the OPTIONAL courses are most often taken and which majors tend to take each of these courses?
  5. Why do students take these OPTIONAL courses?
  6. Why do many students NOT take any statistics beyond introductory statistics?


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