CSMAX10122B (HAM)
The World of Data
15 Points
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Convenor(s)
David Chan
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david.chan@waikato.ac.nz

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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 iNZight Lite and Microsoft Excel. No previous statistical or mathematical knowledge is assumed beyond the numeracy requirements to enter university.
Paper Structure
Three lectures a week. All lectures are recorded using Panopto and are uploaded onto Moodle for students to view.
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 be unsupervised.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
The assessment will consist of:
Two tests, each worth 25% of your final mark,
Two assignments, each worth 15% of your final mark,
One admin quiz, worth 2% of your final mark,
Twelve weekly quizzes, worth 18% of your final mark. The best nine out of twelve quizzes will contribute to this 18% of your final mark.
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
Recommended Readings
Online Support
All lectures and lecture materials will be provided on Moodle.
iNZight will be used during the lectures and throughout the weekly quizzes. We will be using the "Lite" version of iNZight which is a web browser application and can be accessed through the following link:
https://lite.docker.stat.auckland.ac.nz/
Microsoft Excel is needed to perform data analysis tasks, and Microsoft Word (or equivalent) will be required to prepare the two assignments. 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.
Restriction(s)
Restricted papers: (STATS111 or DATAX111) and (STATS121 or DATAX121)