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Critical Thinking with Analytics (MAST90130)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMAST90130
Term 1 - Online
Term 3 - Online
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Introduction to the principles and practice of dealing with data, including measurement scales, data organisation, summaries, study design and inference. Students will learn how to think critically about the use of data in the public and private sectors, and appraise how results and analyses are presented by outlets such as the media. Emphasis will focus on interpretation and understanding of the appropriate use of data rather than the technical details of performing the analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish different types of data used in different forms of research evidence and describe the important contextual elements of data in providing good research evidence.
  • Classify scales used in data by using the principles of measurement to recognise important variations in data and to identify its sources.
  • Explain the main types of study designs in data analytics and justify the choice of a study design for a specified purpose. Explain the main types of study designs in data analytics, i.e. an experiment, a survey and an observational study and justify the choice of a study design for a specified purpose
  • Examine a data set and design a systematic approaches to managing it using descriptive analysis, as well as tools for representing and summarising data, and visualising the data.
  • Identify applicable probabilistic structures and their associated risks, in given data analytics scenarios, through knowledge of the role of probability and risk in the framework of data analytics and of the different risk assessment approaches.
  • Identify and distinguish the circumstances under which elementary probability models for data would be used.
  • Critique the use of confidence intervals, hypothesis tests and other representations of inference in real-world applications of data analytics based on an understanding of the basic paradigms for inference from data.
  • Appraise the use of data in a public forum, especially the media, and formulate a critique of data-based reasoning that is used.

Generic skills

Students will be provided with the opportunity to practice and reinforce:

  • High level written communication skills.
  • Interpretation skills.
  • Demonstrate competence in critical and theoretical thinking through essay writing and online discussions.

Last updated: 21 August 2019