By the end of the course, students will be able to…
Totally subject to time constraints and how the class unfolds, but generally be covered in the following order. More details are on the schedule page of the course website.
Creating personal webpages.
What is Data Science? Who is doing Data Science? What’s hot right now?
SQL - because you got to learn this at some point. [All you really need to know about SQL in one tweet]
Ethics of Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data.
My name is Robin Donatello and my pronouns are she/her. You can address me as “Robin”, “Dr. D”, or some other respectful title such as “professor”.
I am a first generation college student who started at Butte College, double majored in Statistics & Biology, with minor in Chemistry here at Chico State, and ended with a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH) Biostatistics from UCLA.
My campus life consists of training the next generation of Scientists how to harness the power of Statistics and Data in a responsible and ethical manner, supporting students in their academic adventures through intensive advising and research, leading the Data Science Initiative (DSI) to develop Data Science capacity on our campus, and providing analytical support and statistical consulting for many projects on and off campus.
When I’m not on campus, typically I’m growing 🥕🌾🍅🍆🍏 for my family, out adventuring with my 🐶🧔🐩, or getting some 🎮🎲📚 time in.
You can learn more about the work that I do on my website
This class is semi-unstructured, meaning there is a combination of standard homework assignments, and several ongoing / multi-stage activities that we’ll be working on throughout the semester. A lot of class time will be spent working on activities.
You can get an idea of the individual assignments in your personal gradebook repository. This is updated regularly.
In the workplace you don’t get homework assignments. You work on larger projects typically broken down into smaller pieces with their own due dates. It is common also to be working on multiple projects at the same time.
The learning objectives for this class are very broad and high level. To work towards achieving those goals you will have several tasks to work through each week. Depending on the effort level for each task, the actual number of tasks will vary.
There are five general areas that each task is designed to help strengthen.
I will review your work and provide feedback as appropriate. To acknowledge that revision and growth is part of every aspect of our lives, that we all are balancing other external priorities and that nothing is ever perfect, I use an effort based scoring method.
Each task will be classified as incomplete (0) / needs major revision (0.5) / complete (1). You will then be given a score for the week calculated as
completion status * % effort summed over all tasks. Scores will be scaled to 10 points for ease of addition.
It is my intent that students from all diverse backgrounds and perspectives be well-served by this course, that students’ learning needs be addressed both in and out of class, and that the diversity that the students bring to this class be viewed as a resource, strength and benefit. It is my intent to present materials and activities that are respectful of diversity: gender identity, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race, nationality, religion, and culture. Your suggestions are encouraged and appreciated. Please let me know ways to improve the effectiveness of the course for you personally, or for other students or student groups.
I would like to create a learning environment that supports a diversity of thoughts, perspectives and experiences, and honors your identities (including race, gender, class, sexuality, religion, ability, etc.) To help accomplish this:
Adapted from Monica Linden at Brown University.
Furthermore, I would like to acknowledge that Chico State stands on lands that were originally occupied by the first people of this area, the Mechoopda. I recognize their distinctive spiritual relationship with this land and the waters that run through campus. I am humbled that our campus resides upon sacred lands that once sustained the Mechoopda people for centuries.
This is a fully in person class, however time has shown us that we need to be flexible and be able to go online at anytime. There may be times we want/need to hold/attend class remotely.
Class attendance is expected. Talk to me ahead of time if you need to miss a class for a planned reason. In the event of an unplanned reason, PM me in Discord when you can so that I know you are still alive.
When we meet online please attend to the following
This campus website contains a lot of information and resources specific to our COVID-19 situation. Specifically this page contains links to resources to help you keep learning, and engaging, and lots of links to student support services such as emergency grants, basic need such as healthy food and housing, tutoring, health center, financial aid and a lot more.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability or chronic illness, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Please also contact Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) as they are the designated department responsible for approving and coordinating reasonable accommodations and services for students with disabilities. ARC will help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide you further assistance with requesting and arranging accommodations. We try our best to ensure equal access to materials in accessible formats. Reach out to your me if there is some aspect of the course materials that are inaccessible to you.
The CSU requires students to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 by February 28th, 2022, unless you have an approved exemption. Additionally, Chico State is requiring everyone on campus to wear an approved face covering in all indoor campus spaces. Accordingly, all students are required to wear an appropriate face mask covering the nose and mouth in order to participate in this course. Policies and requirements regarding COVID-19 are subject to change pursuant to campus, local, state and/or federal guidelines.
Please note that dishonesty relating to the vaccination policy and/or your failure to comply with any other COVID-19 related safety policy or mandate, including the face covering requirement, may result in disciplinary action against you through the office of Student Conduct, Rights and Responsibilities, which can include suspension or expulsion from the California State University system.
Individuals unable to wear a face covering due to a medical condition should contact the Accessibility Resource Center by phone at (530) 898-5959 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drops, academic renewal, etc., found in the CSU Chico University Catalog. You should be aware of the deadlines and penalties for adding and dropping classes.
As an instructor, one of my responsibilities is to help create a safe learning environment on our campus. I also have a mandatory reporting responsibility related to my role as a your instructor. I am required to share information regarding sexual misconduct with the University. Students may speak to someone confidentially by contacting the Counseling and Wellness Center (898-6345) or Safe Place (898-3030). Information on campus reporting obligations and other Title IX related resources are available here: www.csuchico.edu/title-ix.
Academic integrity is defined as “a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility”. From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals to action. Academic integrity is expected and required. No forms of cheating or plagiarism will be tolerated. Please see your student handbook at https://www.csuchico.edu/scrr/integrity.shtml if you have questions about the meaning of these terms or the consequences of violating academic integrity.
Last updated: Sun Mar 13 2022 11:57:06 AM