Numeracy for the Information Age

Course Code: SCIE 1001

Academic Year: 2023-2024

Contemporary business, political and social environments are full of numbers and statistical data. We are given numbers for everything from pandemic infection rates to the global consumption of plastic, from economic growth to election polls and housing prices. Yet what do all these numbers mean and how are we to interpret them so that we can both understand and critically evaluate data? Through rich contexts drawn from media, economics and social sciences, students are exposed to tools and thinking of contemporary mathematics. Number sense, logical and evidence-supported reasoning, financial literacy, interpretation of statistical information, and understanding patterns of change are some of the topics explored in this course. Automated online tools support all computations in the course and only a basic background in mathematics is expected.