|Cogently analyze quantitative and qualitative data and information
- Be able to identify assumptions, reasons and claims, and to examine how they interact in the formation of arguments. Students will be able to gather and interpret information from charts, graphs, diagrams, spoken language and documents and by utilizing their analysis skills form be able to articulate well-reasoned arguments. Students will identify the elements of a situation and determine how they interact.
- Be able to draw logically valid conclusions from reasoning and evidence. Students will be able to use inference skills to evaluate hypotheses and make recommendations.
- Be able to assess the credibility of sources of information and the claims they make. They also will be able to determine the strengths and/or weaknesses of arguments.
- Be able to make logical decisions in precisely defined contexts where rules, operating conditions, policies, principles, procedures and terminology completely determine the outcome. Students will be aware that their conclusions depend on assumptions and that assumptions might be incorrect.
- Be able to draw inferences from observations, case studies or statistical analyses, or from judgments or analogies or hypotheticals. Students will be aware that conclusions reached might not apply in other situations.
- Be comfortable with mathematics up to the level of calculus and be able to apply their knowledge to situations that require the interpretation or evaluation of numerical information.