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DATA1001: Foundations of Data Science

DATA1001 is a foundational unit in the Data Science major. The unit focuses on developing critical and statistical thinking skills for all students. Does mobile phone usage increase the incidence of brain tumours? What is the public's attitude to shark baiting following a fatal attack? Statistics is the science of decision making, essential in every industry and undergirds all research that relies on data. Students will use problems and data from the physical, health, life and social sciences to develop adaptive problem solving skills in a team setting. Taught interactively with embedded technology, DATA1001 develops critical thinking and skills to problem-solve with data. It is the prerequisite for DATA2002.

Code DATA1001
Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Credit points 6
DATA1901 or MATH1005 or MATH1905 or MATH1015 or MATH1115 or ENVX1001 or ENVX1002 or ECMT1010 or BUSS1020 or STAT1021

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. articulate the importance of statistics in a data-rich world, including current challenges such as ethics, privacy and big data
  • LO2. identify the study design behind a dataset and how the study design affects context specific outcomes
  • LO3. produce, interpret and compare graphical and numerical summaries, using base R and ggplot
  • LO4. apply the normal approximation to data, with consideration of measurement error
  • LO5. model and explain the relationship between 2 variables using linear regression
  • LO6. use the box model to describe chance and chance variability, including sample surveys and the central limit theorem
  • LO7. given real multivariate data and a problem, formulate an appropriate hypothesis and perform a range of hypothesis tests
  • LO8. interpret the p-value, conscious of the various pitfalls associated with testing
  • LO9. critique the use of statistics in media and research papers in a wide variety of data contexts, with attention to confounding and bias
  • LO10. perform data exploration in a team, and communicate the findings via oral presentations and reproducible reports, with interrogation.