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Introduction to Data Analysis 1 (CPD accredited)

£195 (£140 for those from educational, government and charitable institutions) Booking required
Starts: 14 June 2018
Ends: 14 June 2018
What is it: Short course
Organiser: Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research
How much: £195 (£140 for those from educational, government and charitable institutions)
Who is it for: University staff, Adults, Current University students
Speaker: Jen Buckley

This course provides an introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative data analysis, focusing on the social survey. It has an emphasis on hands-on learning, with a series of practical sessions using the statistical software package SPSS to explore data from the British Social Attitudes survey.

The course will:

Introduce participants to survey data as a key quantitative resource for social science research;

Introduce the structure and properties of survey data and consider the process by which variables in a dataset are derived;

Explain the distinction between interval and discrete variables;

Consider strategies for exploratory data analysis including methods for describing and summarising variable distributions;

Provide participants with a conceptual understanding of the stages involved in exploring the relationship between variables;

Provide essential skills of data manipulation including selecting sub-sets and recoding;

Introduce the visual representation of variables in scatter graphs, bar charts and histograms.

The course is designed for new users of survey data and does not presume any previous knowledge or experience working with quantitative methods.

It would be particularly appropriate for those who may anticipate working with a survey dataset and who wish to learn the basics of exploratory data analysis, possibly as a foundation for more advanced training.

The course stands alone but is designed as precursor to Introduction to Data Analysis 2, where the attention moves to the analysis of relationships between variables and testing hypotheses.

Together the courses provide an excellent basis for moving on to training in more advanced methods such as logistic and multiple regression.

Price: £195 (£140 for those from educational, government and charitable institutions)


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