came from other, academic colleagues in the consortium universities and elsewhere, although a few came from industrial and business contacts. THE WORKSHEETS As well as access to real data, lecturers said that they wanted corresponding access to routine exercises derived from the data that would help them to get students better to learn a range of statistical topics. Consequently, one of the main aims of this project was to produce discipline- specific worksheets which could be accessed electronically, using different (statistical) packages and which could address special needs. The worksheets are intended to support, but not be a substitute for, lecture materials. For the first Health Sciences datasets, worksheets were produced in MINITAB, Excel, SPSSand SAS. The latter was soon dropped, however, as the team decided to concentrate on introductory statistics courses and very few, if any, of these use SAS. Hence, all worksheets are available in the three main packages used in service teaching in universities in the UK and a few are also available in SAS. Although computing packages are continually updated, a decision was made not to change the worksheets once they had been written. As new versions are available, then the worksheets can be altered by lecturers to take account of this. The one exception to this “rule” was the decision to update the MINITABworksheets when version 14 became available. The project team felt that this was a sufficient improvement on previous versions, particularly for graphical work, to make the update worthwhile. Typically, each dataset has 3 or 4 associated worksheets; topics vary according to the data being investigated. As the worksheets are designed to be used in introductory statistics courses in service teaching, typical statistics topics covered are Charts, Descriptive Statistics, Tests of Means, Non-parametric Tests, Tests of Association, Correlation and Regression, Further Regression and Time Series. Examples of worksheet subjects for the 5 Health Sciences scenarios are shown in Table 1. The worksheets are designed to cater for a range of student abilities, backgrounds and needs. Following advice from support services at the consortium universities, the worksheets were written in Arial as this is deemed to be easier to read for dyslexic students. Most worksheets contain a section on Further Investigation or Further Work to stretch the more-able student. All worksheets are available with suggested answers and they are designed to be able to be used by students individually at home, or in a class or tutorial setting.
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