Diagrams for Making a Decision on Appropriate Data Processing Methods in the Areas of Health Care and the Social Sciences

By Oskars Rasnacs and Maris Vitins.

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The authors have found that many health care and social science students, as well as practicing specialists, have trouble in relation to the preparation of bachelor’s theses, master’s theses and other scholarly articles when it comes to the use of appropriate data processing methods. Many things have been done in relation to this in the world – appropriate study courses have been introduced at the university level, textbooks have been written, and algorithms have been proposed for the selection of data processing methods in the form of block schemes and tables. That has not, however, been sufficient to make sure that students or specialists can make independent decisions. The purpose of this study is to develop resources that would support the ability of students or specialists to make and implement independent decisions. The authors have surveyed informatics instructors and health care specialists at Latvia’s universities to discuss the subjects that are to be learned and to formulate names for those subjects. The authors have found that it is necessary to arrange concepts that are used in teaching various classes into a structured system. They have designed tables which speak to various situations in data processing, using appropriate sets of words such as statistical indicators, methods and graphics. Examples of appropriate data have been given so that students and specialists can have a better understanding of each situation at hand. The authors have found that such tables, when accompanied by data examples, help students or specialists to make decisions and to improve their educational achievements. The authors are working on the introduction of ontology and on the construction of UML diagrams. They believe that such diagrams, when taken together with data samples, will make it even easier to make decisions and improve learning results.

Keywords: Education, Statistics, Ontologies

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.151-151. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 546.259KB).

Oskars Rasnacs

Mg. Math., Faculty of Computer Science, Latvia University, Riga, Riga, Latvia

I was born in 1971 in Riga. The theme of my scientific work is "Integration of computer sciences and study programs of branches." I also am working as a lecturer in the Department of Physics at Riga Stradinhs University, and teaching informatics study courses mainly in health care specialties and social science specialties. My main research question is how to integrate university informatics study courses with knowledge of health care specialties.

Prof. Maris Vitins

Professor, Faculty of Computer Science, University of Latvia, Riga, Riga, Latvia

Maris Vitins is a professor at the University of Latvia. He is a Faculty of Computing member at the University of Latvia since 1972. He is chair of lifelong informatics education. His research interests lie in informatics content and methodology at secondary school, and in lifelong education. Results of his research are published in international journals and delivered at international conferences. He is a participant to a intersectorial project of Latvian Science Council, manager and participant to several EU-funded research and development projects. From 1987 to 2008 he was the organizer of Latvian informatics contest, from 1992 to 2008 – of the Latvian national team at world informatics Olympiads (IOI). During last years he has developed and delivers courses on didactics of school informatics, office and enterprise information systems. He organizes internships, supervises bachelor, master and doctoral works. He performs organizing works. He is a member of several collegial institutions at University and Ministry of Education and Science level, as well as member of Education Work Group of the Latvian Information and Communications Technology Association - LIKTA.


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