Categorical Data Analysis is currently not available as a distance course for our Masters in Applied Statistics/Certificate in Applied Statistics program; MAS/CAS students should have the option to study this popular and important statistical topic.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Arnold School of Public Health
Chair, Department of Statistics
I’m writing to state that the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics concurs with your decision to offer STAT 770 (co-listed as BIOS 805) via distance delivery. We have no immediate plans to use this approach when our department offers this course, although we may eventually move to this as well. Please let me know if you need anything else from us, and best of luck in developing the distance version of this course.
Clinical Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Good morning. To strengthen the proposal, please add a stronger statement about ADA/accessibility of the course content. I realize you might have not been asked to provide this in the past. Committees are paying much more attention to making courses accessible to students with disabilities. You can simply update the justification section and re-submit. Here are a couple of model statements you can use:
Statement 1The professor will meet with an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (or department/college ID staff) to ensure that the course materials posted on Blackboard incorporate basic accessibility features. The course syllabus includes an accessibility statement that encourages students with disabilities to register with the Office of Student Disability services; should a student with a registered disability enroll in the course, the professor will work with the Office to make any additional accommodations appropriate to that student’s needs.
Statement 2All documents including syllabus and description of assignments will be provided in both accessible Word and PDF formats. For instance, documents will have proper headings, alternative text, and properly labeled links where necessary. Likewise PowerPoint slides will be made accessible by providing alternative text where necessary, ordering textboxes and other recommended ways of making PPTs accessible.
Please make the following changes to the syllabus and resubmit:
1) The Learning Outcomes are phrased more like tasks to be accomplished (instructional objectives) rather than as measurable outcomes for students. Please rephrase as learning outcomes and in measurable ways. Using a bullet or numbered list rather than a paragraph will make reviewing this portion of the syllabus easier for students and reviewers.
2) This is a 700 level class; why is there an accommodation for elevating undergraduate student grades? Undergraduates should only be taking this class by Accelerated Plan or by Senior Privilege (meaning they get graduate credit and do graduate level work). Remove this reference to undergraduates.
3) add course time table (rough weekly outline is acceptable) with contact time clearly indicated.
4) ensure that the grading scale and course requirements are clearly noted
Course outline has 14 2.5 hr blocks; these 35 hours are 2100 minutes - perfect!
The list of topics at 2.5 hours per topic--a total of 1,750 minutes (based on 50 minute hours). A 3 hour course requires 2,100 minutes of instruction.
More attention and effort must be put into the student-student interaction plan.
Approved on behalf of Elaine Belesky at Tara George's request.