Well, we don't seem to be biting.
Perhaps instead of a ad hoc topics list, you can offer a rough outline showing the development towards areas of study in graduate physics. Or a relevance matrix showing course objective topics and their applicability against the areas of active physics investigation. Such an outline or matrix would help us offer physics problems useful for your course.
Surely, a new graduate physicist has had fundamental parametric and non-paramentrics and has had some experience with commercial tools for collecting and analyzing data and displaying observational data. But, if you are finding this is not the case, then any overview course outline for statistics applied on a selected (widely used by physicists) analytical tool set will work. Then your question really is: are there any active research or experimentation programs among our forum members that could be offered as case studies supporting these programs or at least as validation of work already done?