### Abstract

Courses taught in Applied Statistics, such as regression or multivariate analysis, tend to have the examination component based on a final written paper, either with computer output attached for interpretation or with summary statistics given so the calculator can be used to evaluate test statistics and hence make inference, or a mixture of both. Assignments may be based on students using a statistical package to do the analysis. The authors found this approach unsatisfactory. The first author trialled at the University of Canberra in 2001 both a mid semester computer based
examination and final computer based examination with the students being allowed to use a variety of statistical packages. Student feedback was so favourable that she taught the course the following year in the same manner as well as a regression course. When she moved to Macquarie University she split the final examination for the third year regression course she was in charge of in 2004, 2005 and 2006 into a computer laboratory examination and a separate written paper. We have been unable to find more than a small number of other examples of this approach, which seems to
have considerable promise as a way of implementing authentic assessment in applied courses. As well as case studies, issues associated with setting, running and marking such examinations are discussed.

Original language | English |
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Title of host publication | Symposium proceedings |

Subtitle of host publication | assessment in science teaching and learning : September 28, 2006 : the University of Sydney |

Place of Publication | Sydney |

Publisher | UniServe Science |

Pages | 101-106 |

Number of pages | 6 |

ISBN (Print) | 1864878657 |

Publication status | Published - 2006 |

Event | Assessment in Science, Teaching and Learning - Sydney Duration: 28 Sep 2006 → 28 Sep 2006 |

### Conference

Conference | Assessment in Science, Teaching and Learning |
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City | Sydney |

Period | 28/09/06 → 28/09/06 |

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Prvan, T., & Mackisack, M. (2006). Teaching applied statistics courses using computer laboratory final examinations. In

*Symposium proceedings: assessment in science teaching and learning : September 28, 2006 : the University of Sydney*(pp. 101-106). Sydney: UniServe Science.