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CMNS 308: Understanding Statistical Evidence is a three-credit course that explains the application of statistics in the presentation of information and framing of arguments. It also explores how people use and abuse statistics for purposes of persuasion and influence.

Unit 1: Why Study Statistics?


Unit 2 — The Self Online: Am I My Own Avatar?


Cooper, G. (1997, June 14). One in five infertile people contemplates suicide. The Independent.

Unit 3: Understanding Scientific Experiments


CAUT Bulletin Vol. 45, No. 7. (1998, September). Investigator’s closure fuels ethics debate.

Unit 4: Measurement


Unit 5 — Describing Distributions


Little, B. (1997, November 10). The one skill that pays off in any job. The Globe and Mail, p. A8.

Unit 6 — Therapy and Health: Psychotherapy Online and Self-Diagnosis


Laurence, J. (2011, October 22). Ecstasy users’ crash landing. The Independent.

Supplementary Readings


Question 1: Copyright Laws and Intellectual Property:
Are Copyright Laws Sufficient?
YES:
NO:
Question 2: Do Media Accurately Portray African-American Women?
YES:
NO:
Question 3: Do Video Games Cause Violent Behavior?
YES:
NO:
Question 4: Is Advertising Good for Society?
YES:
NO:
Question 5: Are Political/Military Leaders Responsible for Misinformation in Times of War?
YES:
NO:
Question 6: Does Fake News Represent Genuine Journalism?
YES:
NO:
Question 7: Controlling Indecent Media Content:
Is Industry Regulation Sufficient?
YES:
NO:
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Question 8: Independent Musical Artists:
Are They Thriving in Today’s Music Business?
YES:
NO:
Question 9: Can Present Technology Support Internet Growth?
YES:
NO:
Question 10: Can Newspapers Survive in the Electronic Age?
YES:
NO: