Final lecture at Monash University

All the teaching materials I developed at Monash University.
Emi Tanaka

Monash University


May 27, 2023

Since I started working at the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Monash University in January 2020, I developed and taught across 4 units, totalling development of 36 unique 2-hour lectures, and developed an online resource on top of slide templates and utility scripts. The 3 units (Wild-Caught Data, Exploratory Data Analysis, and Communicating with Data) I taught were brand new units for the Master of Business Analytics and there were no past materials that I can leverage. The difficulty was compounded by the fact that my training was in classical statistics and almost all topics that I taught was actually never something I ever formally learnt. Needless to say it has been an absolutely exhausting time period! As much as I’m proud for surviving it, I hope to never repeat the experience again. I sacrificed a large quality of my life (particularly in 2020) just to finish developing my teaching materials. Fortunately or not, the series of lockdowns in Melbourne aided in giving me more time to focus on the development.

Teaching Introduction to Machine Learning was the highlight of all the teaching for me. Not only did I enjoy teaching the content but it was also the first time I got to teach in-person at Monash after 3 years (gasp!). Shout out to the students who got up early each week for the Monday 9am lecture despite how cold it has become!

I ended my last lecture (shown below) at Monash with the wrap-up for the Introduction to Machine Learning unit featuring the varied datasets and toolkits that was demonstrated in the unit. This would be the final lecture of the year for me but also the final lecture for me at Monash. From July 2023, I will be joining the Biological Data Science Institute at the Australian National University. As much as I enjoy teaching enthusiastic students and recognise the importance in training the next-generation, I hope I get more time to focus on research.

So what did I develop? Below is the full list.

Introduction to Machine Learning

Communicating with Data

Wild-Caught Data

Exploratory Data Analysis

Templates and utility scripts

  • monash R-package that includes the templates for the teaching slides.
  • Various utility scripts that automated certain teaching tasks.

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