Neighborhood Statistical Snapshot

Creation Year
Tuesday, August 1, 2023 - 12:00

Satenik Margaryan

Learning Goals

The objective of this assignment is to analyze and interpret American Community Survey (ACS) data to gain a deeper understanding of the demographics and characteristics of a chosen neighborhood. Through this assignment, students will enhance their data analysis skills, draw meaningful insights, and present their findings in a comprehensive neighborhood report.

o Identify Census/ACS data sets to use in reporting and writing.
o Describe and analyze simple descriptive statistical information.
o Visualize Census/ACS data in the form of charts, graphs, and maps.

Context for Use

This is one of the components of the semester-long Data Analysis Research (DARE) Project: the students in this course participate in a CUNY-wide initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and designed to improve students’ quantitative reasoning skills. The students complete a multi-step research project on crime and safety in their neighborhoods.

Description and Teaching Materials

This is a file with the description of the module as well as the assessment rubric.

“Neighborhood Statistical Snapshot” is the Census/ACS module and it is part of a DARE research project in the course. It is intended to develop the research skills of students with little or no research experience so that they can use Census/ACS data for their community reports. The module also introduces them briefly to data visualization options and tools. The primary focus of the exercises is on New York demographics so that students can develop a comfort level in navigating the data and the various online analytic tools.

Teaching Notes and Tips

This is a face-to-face course in a community college. It will take place in a computer lab. I anticipate that it would take 2-3 weeks of instructional time

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