DATA-BASED CRITICAL THINKING

STA1DCT

2021

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.

SchoolEngineering and Mathematical Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsSTA2DCT

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Readings

Data-based critical thinking

Resource TypePrescribed

Resource RequirementN/A

AuthorPrendergast, L

Year2013

Edition/VolumeN/A

PublisherLA TROBE UNIVERSITY

ISBNN/A

Chapter/article titleN/A

Chapter/issueN/A

URLN/A

Other descriptionN/A

Source locationN/A

Career Ready

Career-focusedNo

Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Critique data-based conclusions that are reported in the media and similar outlets
02. Interpret/derive simple numeric and graphical statistical summary measures of data.
03. Calculate probabilities in a variety of scenarios that may be used for informed decision making.
04. Identify and discuss common misconceptions of probability that can lead to poor decisions

Subject options

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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 12 - 16
One 1.00 h practical per week 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2

Chisholm 311 (Chisholm Institute), 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 12 - 16
One 1.00 h practical per week 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2

On-Line, 2021, Semester 1, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via online.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2

Sydney, 2021, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentNo

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 11 - 22
One 1.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 11 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 12 - 16
One 1.00 h 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.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2

Chisholm 311 (Chisholm Institute), 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 32 - 43
One 1.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 30 - 42
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

PracticalWeek: 33 - 37
One 1.00 h practical per week on weekdays during the day from week 33 to week 37 and delivered via face-to-face.
These five additional classes are optional and intended for students who need help with the online quizzes.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2

On-Line, 2021, Semester 2, Online

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Laboratory ClassWeek: 30 - 42
One 1.00 h laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 30 to week 42 and delivered via online.

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

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2

Sydney, 2021, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 31 - 42
One 1.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 31 - 42
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2

Sydney, 2021, Summer, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDavid Farchione

Class requirements

Computer LaboratoryWeek: 46 - 0
One 1.00 h computer laboratory per week on weekdays during the day from week 46 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.

LectureWeek: 46 - 0
Two 1.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 46 to week 0 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

2-hour end of semester final examination (2,000-words equivalent)

N/AN/AN/ANo60 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Five Assignments (1,500-words equivalent)Written solutions to numerical problems and conclusions in words.

N/AN/AN/ANo30 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

Online numeracy skills quizzes - 7 online quizzes (500-words equivalent)Untimed with opportunity to re-do as needed, all quizzes open all semester.

N/AN/AN/ANo10 SILO2