Critical Thinking for Data Analytics

Working with data effectively requires more than the basic data analytics toolset. The necessity of well applied critical thinking skills when working with data cannot be overstated. Crucial skills include tracking assumptions, their origins, their implications, and most importantly, the validity of inferences drawn from them. These necessary skills can be easily overlooked in the context of creating and applying particular analytics tool chains and models. This is unfortunate, as these skills are essential to preventing insidious foundational errors from creeping into data projects.

The two day Critical Thinking for Data Analytics course aims at developing these critical thinking skills. The course spans a broad range of topics, including some technical content, but focuses on cultivating a high level understanding of what applying critical thinking skills requires. The course is delivered not only in the form of presentations, but also through practical exercises, as well as reference material and notes.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Identifying and distinguishing between the rhetorical aspect of claims and their substantive content.
  • Resolving ambiguity and vagueness in language.
  • Understanding what specific arguments really mean, what justification is provided for them, and whether they succeed or fail on those terms.
  • Distinguishing between the validity and soundness of arguments.
  • How to raise useful and pertinent questions that develop understanding.
  • Metacognition and actively applying scepticism and critical thinking to one’s own positions.
  • Recognising the difference between belief and truth, and attributing fallibility and knowledge.
  • Accurately ascribing reliability and the limits of authority.
  • The mitigation of unintentional bias, and deliberate deception.
  • The basic conceptual tools of formal logic (propositional logic, set theoretic reasoning), and statistical reasoning.


Face to face public courses: early bird pricing is available until 2 weeks prior. Group discounts: 5% for 2–4 people, 10% for 5–6 people, 15% for 7–8 people, and 20% for 9 or more people. Discounts are calculated during checkout.

Online public courses: available at a 25% off the face-to-face courses as a special introductory price. to groups or to individuals who want to follow a curriculum program and attend multiple courses:

  • 2-4 courses/attendees 10% off
  • 5+ courses/attendees 20% off

Hurry as bookings will close 1 week before each course. Group discounts are calculated during checkout on individual courses. Individuals can book multiple courses at a discount – please enquire.

Course Booking Terms and Conditions

Additional Information

AudienceC-Suite, Management, Business
This is a course for any professional or manager serious about working with data, and seeking a thorough understanding of the vital thinking skills that underlie data analytics. As such, this course is a must for any serious professionals in the 21st century.
PrerequisitesNo prior knowledge is required to take this course.
  • Trainees will learn a range of critical thinking skills including deductive and inductive logic, as well scientific reasoning and probabilistic reasoning, with relevant examples from data analytics.
  • They will also learn to identify and challenge cognitive biases, and distinguish good forms of argument and reasoning from poor ones.
Duration2 days
Course AuthorDr Eugene Dubossarsky
TrainerCourses are taught by Dr Eugene Dubossarsky and/or his hand-picked team of highly skilled instructors.
Delivery MethodIn-person at AlphaZetta Academy locations or on-premise for corporate groups

Our online courses run as live online meetings using Zoom for the video meeting part and Microsoft virtual computers for the practical components. The benefit of having a live trainer for online training is you can ask questions, obtain mentoring from the trainer and interact with classmates.

Course participants will require the following technologies and online accounts. Please check that your setup satisfies these requirements:

  • Course participants will require the following technologies and online accounts:
  • Reliable computer (Windows, Mac or Linux)
  • Webcam (to help facilitate the mentoring aspect of our training)
  • Reliable internet access
  • A quiet space
  • Zoom video conferencing software and Zoom account (register and pre-install the software at
  • Microsoft account in order to access the virtual lab PCs (Existing or new account. There’s nothing to be installed, you just need an account to sign-in with.)

Meals and refreshments

Face-to-face courses: Catered morning tea and lunch are provided on both days of the course. Please notify us at least a week ahead if you have any special dietary requirements.


Use to email us any questions about the course, including requests for more detail, or for specific content you would like to see covered, or queries regarding prerequisites and suitability.
If you would like to attend but for any reason cannot, please also let us know.


Course material may vary from advertised due to demands and learning pace of attendees. Additional material may be presented, along with or in place of advertised.

Cancellations and refunds

You can get a full refund if you cancel 14 days or more before the course starts. No refunds will be issued for cancellations made less than 14 days before the course starts.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Do I need to bring my own computer?
This is dependent on the venue. Please check the course event page.

Why do I need to provide a shipping address?
For online courses, we need an address to send you the course notes that you need for the course.

Private and Corporate Training

In addition to our public seminars, workshops and courses, AlphaZetta Academy can provide this training for your organisation in a private setting at your location or ours, or online. Please enquire to discuss your needs.

This course is a vital first step in the data literacy journey, and the one that introduces the most vital and basic skills of the effective 21st century professional or leader.

Scheduled Public Courses

Private and Corporate Training

In addition to our public seminars, workshops and courses, AlphaZetta Academy can provide this training for your organisation in a private setting at your location or ours, or online. Please enquire to discuss your needs.

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Eugene’s courses are not your standard technical courses where you learn how to put data into a model and get a result. The real life experiences – warts and all – he brings to the instruction mean that attendees walk away with a better understanding of the real life challenges of analytics as well as the technical know-how. We routinely send our team members on these courses to help them get the capabilities that really help our clients get better insights from their data.

James Beresford, Director, Agile BI

Eugene’s introductory course to data science was outstanding. I found the subject matter and delivery fascinating, accessible and informative. Eugene is approachable, interesting to listen to and excellent at simplifying complex concepts. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants to know what data science—and all the buzz surrounding it!—are all about.

C.T. Johnson, Director, Statecraft
2021-09-08T03:54:32+00:00March 16th, 2020|Tags: |

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