The statistical advice given will be based on your level of understanding. You will be advised of a statistically correct technique, but not necessarily the optimal statistical technique. You will be advised in writing if a compromise has been made.
The statistical consulting team is able to answer most queries presented by students. From time to time, however, some cases require specialist input that exceeds the role of the consulting team. In these situations, the consulting team will do its best to refer the student to relevant information sources.
As mentioned above, statistical short courses are offered annually as part of the Graduate Research School’s Professional Development Program.
Registrations for Research Skills courses fill up quickly, so be sure to register early. Students who register to attend Research Skills courses but don’t show up on the day (a ‘no-show’) or cancel at the last minute without a valid reason will waive their access to the free one-on-one statistical consulting sessions.
As part of your initial enquiry, please provide:
A brief background of your research project;
Details of your chosen research question; and
Details of your chosen statistics software.
Please also provide advice as to the problems you are experiencing with your data, or the questions you would like to ask the statisticians.
If you are seeking assistance following the review of a submitted manuscript by external reviewers, please provide a copy of that manuscript along with the reviewers’ comments.
Send an initial request for a consultation, along with the details outlined above, to GRS@jcu.edu.au.
The consulting statistician(s) will specify dates and times they are available for consultation. Dates and times are usually fixed. StatsHelp team members are generally available throughout the working week on the Townsville campus, subject to personal workloads. Assistance is provided for students based at the Cairns campus by only one StatsHelp team member, who is available on Thursday and Friday each week (you must make an appointment).
Book in advance
It is not uncommon for the statistical consulting service to be booked out several weeks in advance. If you would like to meet with a statistician prior to an important date, e.g. your Confirmation of Candidature seminar or data collection, remember to book several weeks in advance.
‘No show’ policy
The StatsHelp program is offered in support of JCU’s graduate research students. Students who book an appointment and then do not turn up at the agreed time without explanation are likely to forfeit any further assistance from the StatsHelp program. Help us to help you – arrive on time, be prepared, and make the most of your StatsHelp appointment.