OSHR 1500 - Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

This course will focus on a practical understanding of probability and statistics - it will involve no high-level math or require a background in statistics!

Topics will include: (1) how to calculate the probability of events, with applications to the Colorado Lottery and other games of chance; (2) in-class coin flipping and dice tossing experiments to illustrate and better understand the concept of probability; (3) why so many real-world phenomena (e.g. individual’s heights and IQ scores) are naturally clustered around an average; (4) what chance a survey’s information has of being misinterpreted or incorrect, as well as when this information should be taken into serious consideration or be disregarded. (5) This class will conclude with a discussion of human bias in statistical surveys and common misinterpretations of data.

Please bring a regular calculator to class.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.