CRITICAL THINKING WITH STATISTICS

STA1CTS

2021

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Critical Thinking with Statistics will help you to understand why we need data in our daily and professional lives, how data are produced, and how they are transformed using statistics into information that empowers us to make decisions and solve problems. This subject will make you appreciate how numbers reported in the media shape debates about social, economic, and environmental problems and policies. Importantly, it will also make you appreciate how numbers reported in the media can often be misleading, and it will teach you how to critically evaluate the information that you are bombarded with on a daily basis. The emphasis in this subject will be on key concepts rather than mathematical calculations, and you will learn statistics by doing it with the SPSS statistical software package and real data from your discipline area (i.e., science, psychology, or business).

SchoolLife Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorWarren Paul

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsSTA1STM OR STA1LS OR STA1PSY OR ECO1ISB OR STA1SS

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Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Statistics in Practice

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMoore, Notz & Fligner

Year2015

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PublisherFreeman, NY

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Introduction to the Practice of Statistics

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorMoore, McCabe, Alwan, Craig & Duckworth

Year2011

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PublisherFreeman, NY

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Statistics for Psychology

Resource TypeRecommended

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorAron, A., Aron, E. and Coups, E.

Year2013

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PublisherPearson

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Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Interpret and convey statistical information using the terminology and important concepts of statistical design and analysis.
02. Apply the appropriate descriptive tools of statistics to summarise data and reveal important features that will help to answer questions.
03. Apply the appropriate inferential tools of statistics to weigh up evidence and draw conclusions.
04. Critically evaluate the statistics presented in reports and the media in order to assess the value of the information.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorWarren Paul

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

10 weekly online quizzes (equivalent to 750 words)

N/AN/AN/ANo20 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One 2-hour examination

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3

Two assignments (750 words each)

N/AN/AN/ANo40 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4