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OLET1632: Shark Bites and Other Data Stories

This OLE gives students a simple, transferable approach to the exploration of multivariate data in everyday life. You will investigate the relationship between variables in spreadsheet like data, learning what questions to ask, what techniques to use, and what mistakes to avoid. Focused on concepts, not formulae, the OLE is accessible for students from any discipline. You will focus on three main case studies: How does the Australian public respond to shark bites? Is mobile phone usage related to higher incidence of brain tumors? How is the unemployment rate changing?


Academic unit Mathematics and Statistics Academic Operations
Unit code OLET1632
Unit name Shark Bites and Other Data Stories
Session, year
Intensive July, 2020
Attendance mode Block mode
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 2

Enrolment rules

Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Diana Warren,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task MasteryQuiz0
Review of Module0
6.25% Progressive self paced
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment hurdle task MasteryQuiz1
Review of Module1
6.25% Progressive self paced
Outcomes assessed: LO3
Assignment hurdle task MasteryQuiz2
Review of Module2
6.25% Progressive self paced
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4
Assignment hurdle task MasteryQuiz3
Review of Module3
6.25% Progressive self paced
Outcomes assessed: LO5
Assignment LiveLab Report (Written)
Reproducible report (Rmd) : Data Analysis of given data (team/individual)
45% Week 02 self paced, due before LiveLab3
Outcomes assessed: LO1
Assignment LiveLab Report (oral)
Presentation of report to class for interrogation (team/individual)
30% Week 02 self paced, delivered in LiveLab3
Outcomes assessed: LO1
hurdle task = hurdle task ?

All MasteryQuizzes and LiveLab Report are submitted online through Canvas. The LiveLab presentation is given in LiveLab3.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

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Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

5% per day.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Progressive Introduction to data and R Individual study (2 hr) LO3
Data detective Individual study (1.5 hr) LO3
Data exploration Individual study (4.5 hr) LO2 LO4
Data interpretation Individual study (2 hr) LO5
3x Live Labs Practical (6 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Students must attend the LiveLabs 1,2 and 3

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 2 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 40-50 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

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

  • LO1. perform data analysis on multivariate data in a team, and communicate the findings through reproducible statistical reports and oral presentations
  • LO2. perform data analysis on multivariate data
  • LO3. perform initial data analysis on multivariate data
  • LO4. choose appropriate statistical tools for multivariate data
  • LO5. recognise common mistakes in interpretation.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
The OLE marking rubric has been simplified.

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