Department of Statistics

Consulting Techniques ST586 Instructor:
Tom Boardman OnCampus Students ObjectivesThe objective is to provide
an introduction to the practice of statistical consulting and related skills.
Reading of consulting literature and attendance at consulting sessions
will introduce students to the practice of statistical consulting.
This course will include several topics and issues not covered elsewhere
in the graduate curriculum. Course topics include consulting
(e.g., consulting techniques, communication, case studies, ethics),
scientific writing, statistical presentations, and careers in statistics. Discussion
preparation: For each reading
students will write a short discussion of the article(s).
Possible topics include your version of the author's message or thesis, a
list of several discussion questions, or a summary of your reactions to the
article. Your written summary is
due at the next session unless otherwise specified. All course materials can be
reviewed on the ST586 homepage: www.stat.colostate.edu/courses/st586_spr05.html. Discussion
participation: Each student is
expected to actively participate in all our class discussions and
breakout sessions. Consulting
sessions: Campus only students are responsible
for sitting in on 5 consulting sessions with Phil Chapman, Jim zumBrunnen,
Martha Cao , or with other faculty. A
written report (approximately one page in length) for each session is required.
Each student must turn in at least 2 of the session reports by the end of March, 2005.
Each student must turn in all five session reports by May 12, 2005.
Karen Hann will send out email to all students in ST586 and ST472 when a
new consulting session becomes available. See
Karen in Room 200 to sign up for sessions. Visitors:
Boardman
will invite several statisticians to discuss with you their experiences as
consultants in their setting. Grading:
Graded or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.

Department of Statistics, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 805231877 