Course Title: Statistics Capstone
The goal of the Capstone Experience in statistics is to develop students’ maturity and communication skills by working on and presenting a statistical topic of the individual’s choice, subject to the instructor's approval. The topic should be a conclusion of your statistical knowledge acquired through your courses taken in undergraduate studies for statistics majors and upgrade it at an advanced level with data analyses.
The requirement for the Capstone Experience in statistics course is that you write an expository paper, approximately 15 pages (excluding cover page, abstract, and reference), and give a 25- minute Power-Point presentation on the paper to an audience of faculty and peers. It is not expected that you will do original research. Instead, the goal is to demonstrate understanding of a topic at a level deep enough to enable you to interest others about the topic in a written paper and by an oral presentation.
The topics of the project can be chosen from any field of statistics or an application of statistics that interest you. The content should be from material that you have not studied before and can be sufficiently covered in a term paper at the level of a fourth-year undergraduate stat major. If you choose an application of statistics, you need to make sure that the application uses advanced statistical concept (not just means, standard deviations or simple regressions), and you can actually test some hypothesized statements. Early in the course, I will work with the individual students to find an appropriate topic, and the timetable for the paper will be set throughout the semester. You must have an appropriate data analysis based on the method and SAS must be used as the choice of the data exploration.
General guidelines for paper: Your capstone paper should adhere to the following format.
1. The paper must be typed, adjusted (like this document), double-spaced in 12-point, Times New Roman font.
2. All margins should be 1 inch and page numbers should be placed in the bottom of the paper or the upper right corner.
3. Sections are numbered. Definitions, theorems, and examples are numbered by section and marked by a bold-faced word.
4. Definitions and theorems are referenced.
5. Labels for figures and tables are numbered and go below the tables and figures.
6. Be consistent. Whatever format and style you choose, make sure that the same style and format is used for all sections in your paper. Inconsistencies are distractions and create a bad impression on the reader of the paper.
8. All items listed in the bibliography should be cited in the body of the paper. The authors should be listed alphabetically in reference section. Multiple references by the same author (or the same set of authors) should be ordered chronologically. Whatever choice you make, it should be applied consistently to all references.
Structure of the Capstone Paper: The paper should have the following elements.
1. Title page: Include title, your name, this course, and UNF address.
2. Abstract: Abstract is the description of the project in short and without any specific details, summarize the most important results, with statement of major conclusions and significance.
3. Introduction: Introduce the topic you are working on. Describe your data and method that you will use to analyze it. Include a brief description of what each section will cover.
4. Methods: Describe the intended theory that you plan to use for your project. Explain why you are using what you are using. Divide your content into sections if necessary. At the start of each section remind the reader what the section is about. Also describe the equations of analysis here.
5. Results: You write your findings here.
6. Conclusion: You should not repeat earlier sections in the same words. The conclusion should offer another viewpoint, discuss limitations of the work, or give suggestions for further research. The conclusions section is a good place to mention further work.
7. References: Give credit where it is due. Cite any published work you used.
8. Appendices: This is a place to put, among other things, details that would otherwise make your paper hard to read, but are nevertheless important.
Stat Capstone Final Presentation: Last week of classes.