UTS Maths/Stats Teaching Seminar: Annette Dowd
Topic: Students in the experimental sciences can learn and love statistics and probability: lessons from 68203
The conclusions drawn in experimental sciences are rarely absolute because of uncertainty in experimental results. Nevertheless most students are resistant to coming to grips with statistics and probability which underpin the analysis of experimental results. Last semester I ran for the first time 68203, a subject for second year biomed physics majors, on experimental methodology. The student feedback was extremely positive and formal assessments indicated that the students actually understood and correctly applied uncertainty analysis most of the time. I believe the secret might lie in the incorporation of practical work at every step through the course, so that having sweated over their experiments for several hours, they were much more engaged in learning about the analysis and the reasons behind it. I will explain more about the design and running of the subject, and implications for teaching statistics and probability to other science students. All welcome!