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STAT 1014: Data in Our Lives

This course encourages students to develop and practice the process of thinking critically with data in the context of real-world problems. Students will import, manage, summarize, and visualize data using programmable, statistical software. They will discover data, make decisions, generate hypotheses, and communicate their findings in data, considering the roles of probability and personal biases on decision-making. Additionally, students will identify ethical issues and vulnerabilities in analyses.

Why take it?

Data plays an integral role in our modern society, being continuously collected – in numerous ways, from numerous sources, to make numerous discoveries. In STAT 1014, students develop computation and quantitative skills, critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving skills, and deep qualitative thought concerning the influence of personal perspectives, presence of systematic biases, implications of new findings, and ethical responsibilities.

STAT 1014 fulfills an elective in the Data and Decisions and Housing and Society Pathways minors.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Foundational Quantitative and Computational Thinking and Ethical Reasoning.