Problem / Data

‘Real-World’ Problem / Data

Set an overall real-world problem, supported by real-world data.

Purely academic learning might require a theoretical problem in order to test a theoretical understanding. In employment though problems tend to be very real, and data rarely comes in coherent, standardised forms. It is usually in 'messier' formats that need to be interpreted to be of use.

Using a real-world problem and real-world data helps to develop skills in analysis, interpretation and evaluation.