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Have you been in situations where your students lack knowledge on how to present and analyze data but your course contents are so packed that there’s no extra time to teach or elaborate further on how to use statistical tools? Yet, data analysis skills should not be overlooked, as it plays an important role across many disciplines.

The case of SCNC1111
The Science Foundation Course SCNC1111 Scientific Method and Reasoning encountered this situation. As part of their group project, the students of SCNC1111 have to make their own investigations into how Mathematics and Statistics can be or have been applied to daily life and scientific inquiry. Over the past years, the teaching team observed that while most students were good at data collection, some of them seemed to be at a loss on what to do with the data: What can the data help us to do?

Seeing that some students lack proper training in handling, interpreting or analyzing data, the SCNC1111 teaching team found it essential to fill the gap:

“As there is not enough time to cover all these in class time, [we] took the initiative to produce videos to introduce data analysis in a convenient and low-cost way. The animations in the videos can help to vividly illustrate the concerned points, and the University can keep a database of resources for students to use at their convenience.” – Dr. Eddy Lam, Dr. Rachel Lui and Dr. William Cheung, SCNC1111 Course instructors

As a result, several useful and efficient instructional videos have been developed on how to use free online resources to plot nice graphs and do basic statistical analysis. Students’ skills and learning experience can both be enhanced. With the hope to incorporate students into the process of teaching, the SCNC1111 teaching team has previously recruited senior undergraduates as Senior Tutors for the course and one of the Senior Tutors, Mr. Dag Wong, was in charge of the video production. The team believes that “students can be our resourceful partner in developing high quality teaching materials and videos.”

Interdisciplinary resource-sharing
These videos can prove to be useful not only in science, but also in different disciplines such as economics, psychology, engineering, sociology, to name a few. In the long run, such productions can initiate synergy among different faculties in developing and sharing educational resources in common areas of inquiry. As students are expected to learn a wide spectrum of skills, creation and utilization of interdisciplinary materials will be highly beneficial.

Here are some typical data analysis questions asked by students across the campus, to which the SCNC1111 team has responded through the videos. Please feel free to share these links with your students!

What if I have an equation and I simply want to plot a nice-looking graph?

What if I have gathered some data and I wonder if there is any relationship between them?

How does regression work?

How does linear regression work with excel?

Let this be a start to knowledge sharing across disciplines!
Contact us if you are interested to learn more.

Message from Asian Institute of International Financial Law within the Faculty of Law

Seminar: International Business: Challenges Experienced in a Global and National Interconnected World

Christer Thordson, Former General Counsel IKEA Group
Friday, 21 March 2014, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Academic Conference Room, 11/F Cheng Yu Tung Tower,
The University of Hong Kong

Globalization increases incentives and the development of rule-of-law within and among countries. Countries seeking a share of the increasing flow of goods and capital may find a weak rule-of-law to be an obstacle. High level of crime and corruption may have similar effects. For shareholders, investors and legislators conventional concerns in governance as incentives, ownership and control shall be paralleled with obligations, responsibility, and firm commitments to other stakeholders – not only shareholders. Captains of industry should therefore recognize the centrality of ownership and governance to the strategic positioning of their corporations in the markets.

Christer Thordson served as General Counsel for the IKEA Group from 1999 to 2012, and was globally responsible for the management of the legal exposure and head of IKEA Group Legal Affairs. In 2007, Christer Thordson was appointed as Director to the Management Board of INGKA Holding B.V., the parent company of the IKEA Group. The IKEA Group has had an unprecedented commercial success in creating a truly global business with over 280 stores in 26 countries, and a yearly turnover excessing €28 billion in 2013. Christer Thordson is a Lecturer at the Leiden University, Faculty of Law in International Civil and Commercial Law and Business Ethics. Among other presentations, Christer Thordson was a keynote speaker and participant in business and human rights at the World Justice Forum in Vienna and Hague, Leiden University Faculty of Law and at the Human Rights Days in Gothenburg. Christer Thordson has appeared in various media and debates, such as interviews for Svenska Dagbladet and The New York Times.

Please register online via www.AIIFL.com or email Flora Leung at fkleung@hku.hk to reserve a place.

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Flora Leung by email at fkleung@hku.hk or by phone at 3917 2941.

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