– About 4 reading assignments (papers, book chapters) with a
set of basic questions, graded on correctness, worth 15% in
– About 4 fully in-class assignments, graded on participation,
worth 15% in total.
– About 8 partially in-class assignments, graded on grammar
and organization, worth 45% in total.
– A take-home final essay, graded on grammar, organization,
and depth. Worth 25%.
Teaching and material delivery: Flipped
– All the material will be on Canvas. (no books!)
– Lecture times are for group work and for questions and
answers about the material.
– Office hours are for individual questions in case you don’t
like talking in a group or can’t make it to the lectures.
– Attendance is optional but recommended because it will
make the homework easier to do.
So what’s on Canvas for you?
The 2020 version of the course notes are already available.
Some of these will be updated, and a few chapters will be
added, but most of the material will be the same.
Before each lecture time, there will be a voice recording of a
lecture based on 1 or 2 chapters of the notes. I recommend
you study by opening the notes and listening along, because
the recordings are readings of the notes with extra
commentary, details, and explanation.
A recording for a one-hour lecture will be about 35 minutes
because dead space and answering questions is removed.
With stopping-and-starting for note-taking, it should still take
at least an hour to get through a recording.
In-class assignments will be assigned on Tuesdays (the two-
hour classes), and due Wednesday at 10pm. You don’t have to
be in class (i.e. in Zoom) for these assignments, but I
recommend you show up so that I can help you.
Assignments should take less than an hour to do. If you show
up for the lectures, you should be able to have the
assignments mostly done during those lecture times.
The first 4 (or so) “fully in-class” assignments are participation
/ formative feedback based. Grading is based on completion,
and I’m happy to give as much advice as you want.
Please take advantage of these times not just for the
participation marks, but for the chance to see what will get a
higher grade in other assignments.
The rest of the in-class assignments are “partially in-class”.
These are graded based on quality.
I will still give general advice, especially about how to structure
an assignment or what I’m looking for, but things like grammar
are mostly up to you.
Please take advantage of this too, but don’t expect to
guarantee a 100% on an assignment just because I looked at it.
Week 0 (Readings that are recommended before starting)
Grammar: “the” vs “a”
Grammar: Complete Sentences
Week 1 (Friday, May 14)
Digital writing tools
Week 2 (Tuesday, May 18, and Friday, May 21)
Participation In-Class exercise: Forming scientific questions.
Combining math and language
LaTeX: The basics and math mode
Week 3 (Tuesday, May 25, and Friday, May 28)
Participation In-Class Exercise: Translating formulae into words.
Sentence Length and Word Choice
Tone and style
Week 4 (Tuesday, June 1, and Friday, June 4)
Making a data scientist resume and CV.
Participation In-Class Exercise Resume Critique (BRING YOUR
LaTeX: Tables, Figures, and Floats
Week 5 (Tuesday, June 8 and Friday, June 11)
Graphs: Basic principles
In-class Exercise: Improving Graphs
In-class Exercise: Modifying ggplot graphs
Week 6 (Tuesday, June 15, and Friday, June 18)
Copyright issues, data and the law
The absolute basics of intellectual property law.
Week 7 (Tuesday, June 22, and Friday, June 25)
Writing general instructions and manuals
In-Class Exercise: Explain a statistical method
Writing a paper using the Skeleton Method
Prep for Final Essay/Paper
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