#SO-03-05 Making Sense of Data in the Media
About CourseThe University of Sheffield
Improve your data literacy and learn how to spot misleading statistics
“We are bombarded with media statistics every day, but how much of this data is reliable?
On this course, you’ll learn how to read and evaluate data in the media and how to stay alert to misleading statistics and fake news.
You’ll find out how data is created, and how survey formats can affect outcomes.
You’ll also learn the basic principles of data analysis, such as correlation and causation and margins of sampling error.
Ultimately, assessing data and looking for intentionally or unintentionally misleading statistics will help you become a better-informed citizen.
What topics will you cover?
- Recognising the ‘size’ of numbers that are reported in the media.
- How change and risk are reported.
- How social statistics are created, paying particular attention to survey data.
- What we can learn from census categories.
- The different ways that surveys can be conducted and the impact that different formats can have on the results.
- How to draw a representative sample from a population.
- Sources of measurement error in surveys.
- Measuring sensitive or difficult subjects.
- Checking whether data is trustworthy by reviewing the methodology.
- How to calculate the Margin of Sampling Error (MoSE).
- The difference between correlation and causation.
- Where to find existing sources of data.
- How to develop a quantitative research project.
What Will I Learn?
- Become a critical consumer of data in the media.
- Explain how social statistics are created.
- Evaluate data to make informed decisions about which results to trust.
- Design a quantitative research project.
Topics for this course
What is a big number?
Welcome to the course00:01:16
When it comes to making sense of data, where should the responsibility lie?
Data in the media: a recent history
Is that a lot?
What is a big number?00:06:36
How much of what?00:04:05
Exploring debates where you are
Change and differences
Reporting change and risk00:04:32
Some important concepts
Taking a ‘view from the outside’00:05:52
Coming up with a research question
What is a research question?
When research questions go bad00:04:21
Come up with your own research question
End of course00:01:20
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It's good basic course for beginners. all topics with basic information u can use this topic and learn more by researching. good for improve your skills.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course! The lessons were straightforward and well-organized. The notes were comprehensive, and ultimately saved me a lot of time spent on note taking.
Great insights even for a beginner, learned a lot, crisp and clear.