Data-Based Critical Thinking
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- Critique data-based conclusions that are reported in the media and similar outlets.
- Interpret/derive simple numeric and graphical statistical summary measures of data.
- Calculate probabilities in a variety of scenarios that may be used for informed decision making.
- Identify and discuss common misconceptions of probability that can lead to poor decisions.
- • Gathering useful data
- • Turning data into useful information
- • Uncertainty and probability
- • From data to decision
Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed STA2DCT Data-Based Critical Thinking are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
No additional requirements
This subject helps the student evaluate data-based evidence encountered in everyday life. It provides the fundamental numeracy skills required by business people, scientists, lawyers, nurses, journalists, social scientists, teachers and other professionals who need to evaluate data-based arguments, whether found in newspapers, television or on-line websites. This is achieved by a combination of studying newsworthy topics introduced in lectures, laboratory classes which encourage engagement with others and on-line quizzes that assess numeracy skills. The four themes covered in this subject are gathering useful data, turning data into information, probability and from data to decision making.
- 2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent) (60%)
- Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent) Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words. (30%)
- Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent) Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester. (10%)