CSMAX10121B (HAM)
The World of Data
15 Points
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Paul Brown
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Paper Description
This course will focus on some of the fundamental ideas and tools for data analysis and statistics, and will also look at some of the current issues surrounding data. The ideas and skills learnt will be useful for both practical applications and quantitative research.
This paper is designed to provide an appreciation of statistical tools. The emphasis is on interpretation and critical reasoning from
statistical analyses, not so much on the technical details and mathematics of the analyses. There will be some basic data handling and analyses done using Microsoft Excel. No previous statistical or mathematical knowledge is assumed beyond the numeracy requirements to enter university.
Paper Structure
All lectures are recorded using Panopto and are uploaded onto Moodle for students to view. Three lectures will be uploaded each week.
Supplementary videos (such as Excel instruction videos) will also be uploaded onto Moodle as required.
Dedicated computer lab times are available for students to use, however these will typically be unsupervised.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
Lectures will be uploaded every week on Moodle as a "Moodle Lesson". Within the lesson there will be a question which will be asked after each lecture. Completing the weekly lessons is worth marks.
A multiple choice quiz will be uploaded onto Moodle every week. These quizzes will start during week 2 and will continue through until week 12. You will have one week to complete the quiz. You may attempt the quiz as many times as you like during the week.
There will be two tests throughout the course, and will be held in week 6 and week 12. These will be uploaded onto Moodle, and will need to be submitted online through Moodle. Instructions will be given to you before the test commences.
Also, there is one assignment where you will perform some data analyses using Microsoft Excel. This assignment can be done in groups if you choose (maximum of 3 students per group).
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.
Required and Recommended Readings
Required Readings
Recommended Readings
Online Support
All lectures and lecture materials will be provided on Moodle.
Microsoft Excel is needed to perform data analysis tasks, and Microsoft Word will be needed to write the assignment report. Microsoft Office 365 is available and free to all enrolled University of Waikato students. Instructions to download can be found through the following link:
https://www.waikato.ac.nz/ictselfhelp/guides/freemicrosoftofficesuitedownload
Workload
Linkages to Other Papers
For further study in data analysis and statistics (such as STATS221), students should aim for a mark of a B or better in this course.