Content for running instances of STAT 545/547M at UBC

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Participation Assessment

The intent of the participation assessment is to give students practice addressing many questions that each have narrow scope. This is as opposed to the homework, where you work on fewer questions with larger scope.

There are two goals:

  1. Help students grasp smaller concepts as they are encountered in lecture.
  2. Give students a foundation for approaching the assignments.


Your participation component will be evaluated by:

For participation, we never evaluate correctness! Only whether or not the attempt was there.

Will you be missing any classes for some legitimate reason (such as academic, health, or other)? It’s okay! Just let me know ahead of time. We won’t be looking for a commit timestamp for that day, but we do expect you to show at least some engagement with the material (for example, trying exercises in the worksheet – as much as you feel is appropriate).

Your participation repository

Now that STAT 545 uses GitHub Classroom, STAT 545 will no longer be using one repository to hold all the work of a student. To evaluate your participation through work on in-class activities, I think it’s most appropriate that we use a repository that you create under your own account.

Making the participation repository

If you’ve already created a repository in Class Meeting 02 (probably called STAT545_md_explorer), rename and use that one:

  1. Navigate to that repository’s home page.
  2. Click “settings”.
  3. At the top of the page, rename the repository STAT545_participation.
  4. Make sure it’s public!

If you did not make said repository:

  1. Go to
  2. Make a new repository.
    • Call it STAT545_participation.
    • Make sure it’s public.
    • Yes, initiate the repository with a README.

Expectations for the participation repository

Submitting your participation repository

You do not have to wait until the end of the course to do this! You are encouraged to do this as soon as you can.

To gain participation marks, you’ll need to submit a link to your STAT545_participation repository on canvas.

  1. Go to UBC Canvas.
  2. Find the “Participation” assignment.
  3. Submit a link to your participation repository.


You can use your STAT 545 participation repo for STAT 547M.