Micro Course Information: KNTH220 - Data-Informed Decision Making

Ever wish you could more effectively use data when you are faced with making a decision or spearheading a new project? In this micro course, you will be introduced to basic concepts of statistics and come away with strategies for making data-informed decisions. The applications and simulations you use in this micro course will help you apply your learning to real-world examples.

After successfully completing this micro course, you'll be able to:    

  • - Use polling and study design basics to assess the level of confidence in the results and detect bias of studies
  • - Analyze sampling distributions to determine how randomness affects the collection of the sample
  • - Examine data numerically and graphically with a free online statistical software to inform your big picture understanding of decision making
  • - Use statistics foundations to make an informed decision

Micro Course Outline: 

Unit 1 -  Develop a strong foundation of study design basics. By the end of this unit, you will be able to identify a target population, observational unit, and parameter under investigation; evaluate results of studies through knowledge of population samples; and determine the hypotheses and target population of research studies.


Unit 2 - Learn about the statistical tools of randomness and probability and how they can help you let the data - and not your bias or expectations - inform your decisions.

Unit 3 - Learn how to describe data both graphically and numerically so that you can discuss the "why" behind your decision-making. 

Unit 4 - Learn how to execute the fundamentals of statistical testing and use foundations of statistics to make an informed decision.

This micro course is 100% online, features 15 hours of engaging content, and is self-paced during the course open and close dates. You will receive access to the micro course on the 1st of the month, but you are free to work through the material when it works best in your schedule! More information is available on our CareerPLUS website or on our FAQ page.

This micro course counts towards the CareerPLUS Data Analysis and Interpretation badge.

 Session Information: MC0124V1_KNTH220

Schedule: Every day, starting on 01/01/24 and ending on 05/31/24
Times: 12:00am-11:00pm CST


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Amanda Matson


Online, IA 52001