MATHS 7105 - Data Literacy
North Terrace Campus - Trimester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code MATHS 7105 Course Data Literacy Coordinating Unit School of Mathematical Sciences Term Trimester 1 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Course Description In an increasingly data-centric world, a working understanding of data analytics and quantitative methods is essential, for all members of society. When presented with claims in the media that are accompanied by statistics, diagrams, and outputs from technologies like artificial intelligence and machine learning, how can we learn to separate useful information from pseudoscience? In other words, how can we learn to not be fooled by statistics?
The aim of this course is to improve students' data literacy, through a largely non-technical introduction to some of the foundational concepts in statistical thinking. The course will teach students from all backgrounds how to interpret and critically appraise claims made by machine learning and quantitative data science methods, and understand both the possibilities and pitfalls of these emerging sciences. It assumes no technical background and is taught largely through case studies of applications of data science outside of academia.
The course teaches some fundamental quantitative methods for dealing with and interpreting data, as well as visualisation techniques using simple spreadsheets.
Topics include: how to translate mathematical jargon into understandable language; measuring and talking about uncertainty using probability; how to easily make clear charts and data visualisations; demystifying fundamental statistical ideas (correlation versus causation, distinguishing between significant and important results); explaining and predicting with statistical models; the ethics of data science.
Course Coordinator: Dr Shenal Dedduwakumara
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Understand the foundations of basic probability.
2. Be able to critically analyse and improve data collection designs.
3. Be familiar with Excel and use it to create appropriate graphics to visualise patterns in data.
4. Understand the importance of statistics in modern scientific research.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesAll required resources will be provided through MyUni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course introduces content in online topic videos. Workshops build on the online content by providing exercises and example problems to enhance the understanding obtained. These are further supported through practical sessions where computational literacy is developed.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Quantity Workload hours Content Videos 3-5 weekly 36 Workshops 6 in class (6 self-paced) 24 Computer Labs 6 in class (6 self-paced) 24 Quizzes 12 12 Assignments 3 48 TOTALS 144
Learning Activities SummaryYou will be required to complete the online learning activities available on MyUni prior to regular face-to-face learning sessions. Through these autonomous tasks, you will have time to process new concepts and build foundational knowledge around them. In the face-to-face sessions, you will get a chance to apply that learning to build new skills and address real-world problems. Learning activities, both online and face-to-face, are scaffolding so the learning builds throughout the course. Through this learning experience, you will be asked to draw on a range of lower-order and higher-order thinking skills.
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Assessment Item Distributed Due Date Weighting Learning Outcomes Assignment 1 Week 2 Week 4 20% All Major Quiz 1 Week 6 Week 6 10% All Assignment 2 Week 5 Week 8 20% All Final Report Week 9 Week 12 30% All Major Quiz 2 Week 12 Week 12 10% All Weekly quizzes Monday each week Friday each week 10% All
Assessment DetailFull descriptions of the assessment tasks and associated grading rubrics are in the Assignments space on the MyUni course site. You will have opportunities to get further clarification on assessment tasks as needed.
SubmissionAll submissions will be via electronic submission on MyUni. Any written assignments will be tested for plagiarism through Turnitin. Make sure your submissions adhere to the University of Adelaide Academic Integrity policies.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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