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1 Case Studies M.Sc. in Applied Statistics Dr. Órlaith Burke Michaelmas Term 2012

2 Statistical Methods M.Sc. in Applied Statistics Hard work = Stay engaged Responsibility = Ownership Read = Read

3 Case Studies o Logistics o Aims of the course o Tasks o Structure of the Lectures o Presentation types o Feedback o Personal Reflection o Groups: Allocation, tasks and group work

4 Logistics 10 am Friday morning Lecture Room in SPR1 Week 1-8 MT Lecture Room also available am on Friday mornings for presenting groups to SET UP and practise before the session that day. Please note that lectures will start promptly at 10am! Material available on WebLearn

5 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups

6 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups

7 Aims of the Course The aims of the Case Studies module are: to broaden participants exposure to practical aspects of statistics; to develop in participants a critical awareness of how statistical ideas and techniques are used in practice; (See Scientific Thinking excerpt on class page) to improve the participants skill in formulating and delivering a presentation on a statistical topic; and to encourage the development of participants group work skills.

8 Aims of the Course Why? The aims of the Case Studies module are: SO THAT YOU BECOME WELL-ROUNDED STATISTICIANS DEVELOPMENT OF CRITICAL THINKING AND PRACTICALITIES OF STATISTICS IN THE REAL WORLD DIRECTLY TRANSFERABLE SKILLS AND PRACTICE FOR WEEK-LONG ASSESSED GROUP PRACTICAL

9 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups

10 Tasks Each student will: study 1 case, for main presentation, in randomly allocated groups of 4-5; be assigned to speak for part of one presentation (at least); study 1 case, for debate-style presentation, in randomly allocated groups of 2-3; study 1 case, for question rounds, in randomly allocated groups of 2-3; produce a short Personal Reflection for each group work task. Please note that finding papers in the Oxford library system is part of the task.

11 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups

12 Structure of Lectures The lectures for this course will be as follows: – Seminar-style presentation of main case study – followed by quick-fire questions – followed by active discussion from the audience – Debate-style presentation of second case study – followed by active discussion from the audience

13 Structure of Lectures The lectures for this course will be timed as follows: – Seminar-style presentation of main case study 15 minutes – followed by quick-fire questions 10 minutes – followed by active discussion from the audience ~10 minutes – Debate-style presentation of second case study 5 minutes each – followed by active discussion from the audience ~5 minutes

14 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups

15 Seminar-Style Presentations Every member of the group should contribute significantly (but not necessarily equally) to the presentation. You are not expected to analyse the data yourselves, and please do not discuss the theory - this should be a study of examples.

16 Seminar-Style Presentations A good presentation will: clearly and efficiently communicate the context, aims, methods and findings of the reported analysis; deliver a clear, fair and accurate critique of the reported analysis; suggest alternative analyses or ideas for improvement if appropriate; and deal appropriately and constructively with questions and feedback from the audience. See Presentation hints on the class page

17 Seminar-Style Presentations Remember that the audience will not have seen the report. Common mistake: Groups do not clearly introduce the problem or describe the context of the analysis. This makes the rest of the presentation almost impossible to follow. Technology: You can make use of the computer projector but do prepare in advance, e.g. have the file on your desktop, and log on to the computer before the talk (it takes much longer to log-in the first time you use it!).

18 Debate-Style Presentations Each debate group will present the positive OR negative aspects (as assigned) of the case study These are 5 minute short key point presentations Every member of the group should contribute significantly (but not necessarily equally) to the presentation.

19 Quick-Fire Question Rounds Lead by the quick-fire question group after the presentation. Quick-fire question group members will – be familiar with the case study – focus on positive OR negative aspects of the study (as assigned) – have a few short (but interesting) questions for the main presentation group. The idea is not to try to catch the presentation group out but to encourage active discussion of the case study. Quick-fire question rounds will develop into the general questions and discussion with the rest of the audience.

20 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups

21 Feedback At the end of the lecture (as you leave) Post-it anonymous feedback All students will have an opportunity to receive individual feedback on their presentation. General feedback also given to each group after the session (e.g. statistical key points and feedback on presentation/team work)

22 Feedback Feedback is valuable – It helps you to assess your performance, and to improve. However, please keep the following in mind: Feedback should be positive or constructive, but never negative. Feedback should not be personal - you are communicating your perception of the presentation, not making a value judgement about an individual. Please consult feedback notes online before the first session

23 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups

24 Groups Groupwork Each individual will bring a different set of skills and background knowledge to the group. You will therefore get the most out of the exercise if you work together to prepare the presentation. Make sure every meeting has a focus, and that each individual is given the chance to contribute their ideas and skills. You may find it useful at first to assign someone the role of chairman, in order to make sure that the discussion stays on track. Remember this is all practice for the Assessed Group Practical

25 Groups Allocation Students will be assigned to randomly allocated groups for Main case study Seminar-Style presentation – Groups of 4-5 Second case study Debate-Style presentation – Groups of 3-4 Quick-fire Question Groups for Main case study – Groups of 3-4 The references for case studies to be discussed will be available one week before each session

26 Groups Tasks Each main presentation group will: formulate and deliver a 15 min presentation on a particular case; be prepared for quick-fire questions and general questions from the audience; and produce a team plan – to be submitted no later than 24 hours before presentation.

27 Groups Tasks Each debate presentation group will: formulate and deliver a 5 min presentation on a particular case; be prepared to defend their comments; and produce a team plan – to be submitted no later than 24 hours before presentation.

28 Groups Tasks Each quick-fire question group will: briefly review the case to be presented; and prepare 1-2 interesting questions for discussion with the presentation group.

29 Online Material Aims of the course Tasks Structure of the lecture Presentation hints and tips Feedback Groups Team Plan and Personal Reflection

30 Team Plan & Personal Reflection Each presentation group will submit a TEAM PLAN no less than 24 hours before the presentation (i.e. By 10am Thursday) The TEAM PLAN will outline the individual roles of each student in the group e.g. presenter, slide writer...

31 Team Plan & Personal Reflection Each student will produce a short Personal Reflection for each group work task in which they are involved To be submitted by 10am Monday morning By Week 8 each student should have three Personal Reflections A Personal Reflection should be an individual piece of writing no more than a single page a brief description of your own experience of a particular groupwork task Prompts available on Class Page


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