News from Oct 28, 2015
Applied statistics for students of equine sciences
In 2014, the degree program for equine sciences started at the Freie Universität Berlin. The Institute for Veterinary Epidemiology and Biostatistics teaches applied mathematics and statistics for the description and assessment of biological and natural scientific phenomena. In order to make this rather academic issue more accessible to the students, the course is partially offered as an ‚inverted classroom‘. The students prepare the theoretic basics on their own and practice the contents by in-class exercises.
The students of equine sciences also learn the basics of study design and statistics in practice: They carry out a study and analyze the results themselves. The aim of the study is to find ‚Which measures are useful to bring groups of horses together safely?‘. Starting from the initial idea until the final publication of the results, students conduct the study on their own: they develop and send out a questionnaire, collect the answers in a spreadsheet, and analyze the data. Thereafter, the results are discussed and compared to the literature. Eventually, the students prepare posters and oral presentations.