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** Introduction to Minitab

This laboratory introduces students to the basics of the Minitab software. Students make use of a basic example (water consumption and temperature) to introduce students to manipulation of data, calculation of descriptive statistics, creation of histograms, boxplots and scatterplots. Students are asked to hand in the results they have produced. Accompanying documents give model solutions.
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Date Of Record Creation 2005-03-22 16:51:00
Date Last Modified 2017-05-15 12:41:56
Date Of Record Release 2005-08-09 18:18:00
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Author Name Ginger Holmes Rowell
Author Organization Middle Tennessee State University
Comments The materials provide a very clear, simple introduction to basic Minitab skills and should be useful to any instructor whose students have access to Minitab and a PC.
Content Quality (Strengths) This tutorial provides a good overview of the basic statistical operations in Minitab, presented in a careful manner that most students should be able to follow easily. Good use of graphics/partial screen shots to help students see what they should be doing along the way.
Ease of Use (Concerns) Requires the correct version of Minitab (student version 12, Professional version 13, Student and professional versions 14) and a PC (no Mac instructions).
Ease of Use (Strengths) Instructions are thorough and should be easy for students to follow on their own with little instructor intervention needed. All activities are self-contained, including a small dataset with context and some practice questions to help assess whether students are able to do the basic tasks. Instructors should find that students will be able to follow the directions with little, if any, assistance.
Potential Effectiveness (Concerns) This tutorial is designed only to introduce students to the basic skills of using Minitab, thus it does not require extensive critical thought or student discovery, although clearly they give the students basic skills that could aid in discovery in later coursework.
Potential Effectiveness (Strengths) The clarity of the presentation will be helpful for instructors who wish to have students learn Minitab on their own. The instructions encourage active participation by asking the student to type as directed, and then showing the output the student should see. Exercises at the end of the chapter reinforce the techniques presented.
Content Quality (Rating) 5
Ease of Use (Rating) 5
Potential Effectiveness (Rating) 5
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Statistical Topic
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Math Level

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