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Introduction to Statistics and Data Science (202-0-20)


Danielle Kaye Sass

Meeting Info

Harris Hall 107: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00AM - 9:50AM

Overview of class

This course introduces students to the discipline of statistics and data science as a science of understanding and analyzing data. Students will learn the importance of data collection and sampling, methods to analyze data, and how to use data to make inferences and conclusions about real world phenomena. Students will be introduced to the free statistical programming software, Posit Cloud, to apply both descriptive and inferential statistics to real data sets.

Registration Requirements

High School Algebra

Learning Objectives

1. Use statistical software to wrangle data (i.e., manage and process data).
2. Use statistical software to perform exploratory data analyses. That is, explore data numerically and visually to gain understanding through data and generate hypotheses and inferences to later test.
3. Recognize the importance of data collection, identify limitations in data collection methods, and determine how they affect the scope of inference.
4. Have a conceptual understanding of the unified nature of statistical inference.
5. Apply estimation and testing methods to analyze single variables or the relationship between two variables in order to understand natural phenomena and make data-based decisions.
6. Model numerical response variables using a single or multiple explanatory variable(s).
7. Interpret results correctly, effectively, and in context without relying on statistical jargon.
8. Critique data-based claims and evaluate data-based decisions.

Teaching Method

The course is taught using a blend of flipped and discussion/lecture design. Most classes will be devoted to daily class activities where students will either work by themselves or in groups. We also come together to discuss the work towards the end of class. Students will be expected to adequately prepare for each class, so they are able to work through the daily activities and discuss the work with instructors and fellow classmates. Each class will typically end with a discussion of the concepts and ideas for that day's material. There will be some days that will be more discussion/lecture oriented, but for the most part classes will be dedicated to working with real data.

Evaluation Method

Students will be evaluated through (1) participation ; (2) reading quizzes; (3) activities; (4) 3 exams; (5) a final project

Class Materials (Required)

(1) Free online textbook, Introduction to Statistics and Data Science (
(2) Free statistical software Posit Cloud (

Class Attributes

Formal Studies Distro Area