Credit points: 15

Subject outline

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. This subject is co-taught with STA1DCT although, in contrast to STA1DCT, will be assessed at a higher level with an expectation of a deeper understanding of subject material and extened research and inquiry assessment.

FacultyFaculty of Science, Tech & Engineering

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorLuke Prendergast

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjects STA1DCT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsData-based critical thinkingPrescribedPrendergast, L 2013LA TROBE UNIVERSITY

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLuke Prendergast

Class requirements

Practical Week: 12 - 16
One 1.0 hours practical per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 16 and delivered via face-to-face.
"These five additional classes are optional and intended for students who need help with the online quizzes."

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Computer Laboratory Week: 11 - 22
One 1.0 hours computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
2.5-hour short answer final examination60
Assignments (5 assignments, equivalent to 1800 words)30
Online numeracy skills quizzes (7 online quizzes, equivalent to 600 words)10