During the upcoming semester, the SCS will be offering Statistics 5760 as a way for students to recieve consulting support. Stat 5760 is not a statistics class in the traditional sense; there are no lectures, homework, or exams. However, enrolling in Stat 5760 allows you to have access to a graduate student consultant during the semester in which you are enrolled. This page addresses some of the most common questions about 5760. If you need additional information, feel free to contact Ms. Barb Wohlever at 614.292.1529.
When will I be contacted by my consultant?
Your graduate student consultant will contact you before the end of the second week of classes. In most cases, clients are contacted near the end of the first week of classes.
What are the required texts/materials?
This course does not require any texts or materials.
How will I be graded in this course?
Stat 5760 is graded as a pass/fail course. Simply interacting with your consultant and making an effort to progress in your research will earn you a passing grade. If you do not meet with your consultant or make an effort to effectively use 5760 as a resource, you will receive a failing grade.
How much working time can I expect from my consultant?
SCS consultants can contribute, at most, 17 hours to your project over the semester. It is up to you and your consultant to determine the best way to allocate those hours. For example, you may choose to meet with your consultant 1 hour per week for each of the 15 weeks of the semester. If this is what you choose, the consultant will only have two hours over the semester to perform research for your project outside of your meetings. Alternatively, you could choose to meet 1 hour every other week and the consultant could work on your project approximately an additional hour each week on his or her own. You are expected to assist the consultant by doing approximately 20 additional hours of work over the semester.
I'm not available until several weeks after the semester has started. Can I still get 17 hours of consulting?
Unfortunately, you cannot expect your consultant to provide the full 17 hours of consulting if you do not start working together until the semester is partially over. SCS consultants must allocate their time among several clients simultaneously, and they typically cannot devote all of their time to just a few clients during a week.
What happens if I don't finish my project this semester and need more help?
You can enroll in 5760 for up to five semesters. However, it is strongly encouraged that you make as much progress as possible during the semester in which you are enrolled. The consultants employed by the SCS frequently change between semesters, so you may need to start working with a new consultant if your project lasts longer than one semester. If you believe you will need to enroll next semester, please make sure to do so as soon as possible because the class fills up very quickly.
What work is the consultant allowed to do?
The amount of work the consultant is allowed to do for you may be limited by your advisor. Be sure to check with your advisor whether he or she expects you to conduct all statistical analyses yourself. Regardless of the arrangement you decide upon, the consultant should never write text that will appear directly in your thesis.
Can I request a specific consultant?
The SCS assigns consultants to projects based on what we consider to be the most efficient for completing the project. In rare cases, we will reassign a project or allow a client to request a specific consultant.
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