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This is a rough outline of the course we hope to offer spring 2007.

ETWR 2375: Writing Statistics for Information Specialists This course focuses on summarizing and explaining statistical information, not only with words but also with tables, graphs, and charts; emphasizes the proper design and placement of tables, charts, and graphs; and features methods for converting these materials to other media and for dynamically linking statistical information contained in electronic databases and spreadsheets.

Course objectives:

  • Know how to discuss or summarize statistical data in clear understandable language.
  • Identify textual areas for re-presentation as tables, graphs, or charts.
  • Construct tables in MS Word or Adobe FrameMaker that adhere to principles of good table design.
  • Convert data in tables to graphs and charts that adhere to principles of good graph and chart design.
  • Select data from electronic spreadsheets and databases and present as tables, charts, and graphs in regular textual documents.
  • Dynamically link data from electronic spreadsheets and databases in regular textual documents.
  • Use proper methods for cross-referencing tables, charts, and graphs.
See the Course Calendar for a calendar-style view of semester due dates.

Semester/year Spring 2007
Instructor TBD
Class meetings TBD
Office & hours TBD
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Week of January 15
Start-up. This first week, I'll ask you to fill out the questionnaire, write a get-acquainted memo, read those of others in the class, get to know each other in class, and discuss (and modify, if necessary) the goals and activities of the course.
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Week of January 22
Creating tables. Review and practice techniques for creating tables in software applications such as Microsoft Word and Excel, Adobe FrameMaker, and other such tools. Explore techniques for modifying and customizing tables using these applications.
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Week of January 29
Converting statistical information from text to tables. Analyze texts in which statistical information is presented in plain paragraph format. Practice re-presenting that information in the form of tables and converting the textual discussion to summaries.
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Week of February 5
Creating charts and graphs. Review and practice techniques for creating charts and graphs in software applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and other such tools. Explore techniques for modifying and customizing charts and graphs using these applications.
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Week of February 12
Converting statistical information from text to charts and graphs. Analyze texts in which statistical information is presented in plain paragraph format. Practice re-presenting that information in the form of charts and graphs and converting the textual discussion to summaries.
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Week of February 19
Summarizing data in tables, charts, and graphs. Practice summarizing trends and other key aspects of statistical information presented in tables, charts, and graphs.
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Week of February 26
Summarizing data in tables, charts, and graphs. Continued.
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Week of March 5
Statistical concepts and terminology: overview. Begin an overview of statistical concepts and terminology that will enable you to write clear, meaningful, technically sound discussions of data.
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Week of March 19
Statistical concepts and terminology: overview. Continue exploring the language of statistics. Continue this overview of statistical concepts and terminology that will enable you to write clear, meaningful, technically sound discussions of data.
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Week of March 26
Summarizing data using statistical concepts and terminology. Practice describing and summarizing data using the language of statistics.
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Week of April 2
Summarizing data using statistical concepts and terminology. Practice describing and summarizing data using the language of statistics.
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Week of April 9
Summarizing data using statistical concepts and terminology. Continue practicing description and summarizy of data using the language of statistics.
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Week of April 16
Dynamically linking data to documents. Review of learn techniques for dynamically linking data in electronic spreadsheets and databases to documents created in wod-processing or desktop-publising software.
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Week of April 23
Making a case for borderline statistical results. Practice the difficult but common task of making a case for initiatives when the statistical results do not provide strong support.
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Week of April 30
Making a case for borderline statistical results. Continue addressing the writing challenge of making a case for programs when the statistical results do not provide strong, undeniable support.
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Week of May 7
Course wrap-up. Let's close out this course and eview what we've accomplished.
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