Professor: Rebecca Altman
CRN 12301: Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30-9:50pm @ ANS 193
Have you ever wonder what the numbers reported in the news actually mean, or where they come from? How do you know you can trust the story the numbers are telling... or the story the authors are saying the numbers are telling? In this course, we will take a deep dive into the world of data manipulation, both in our general society and in scientific reporting. We will learn common methods of data analysis and evaluate their reliability in representing different types of data sets. By questioning how data can be manipulated and misrepresented, we will identify key factors that help us evaluate the significance of reported data, and how to properly utilize analysis methods in our own reporting– to both general and scientific audiences.