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Specialized basic courses for engineering students - a necessity or a nuisance

Zetterqvist, Lena LU (2010) 8th International Conference of Teaching Statistics (ICOTS 8) In ICOTS 8, Ljubljana, Slovenia 2010
Abstract
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... (More)
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. (Less)
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engineering, using course literature intended for ‘engineers’. However, these students are not a<br/><br>
homogeneous group, and the differences among engineering programmes appear to be increasing.<br/><br>
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for different programmes. This could also be a way of increasing students’ motivation. During the<br/><br>
past decade, several of the statistics courses given at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University<br/><br>
have been specialized with regard to syllabi, applications and teaching methods. We discuss the<br/><br>
factors involved in specialized course development, as well as the challenging implications for the<br/><br>
teachers and department involved.},
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