Statistics 1: Methods of data analysis

9th October 2012 to 10th October 2012

The course runs from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.

This two-day course is for people who want to develop their skills in data analysis. The course aims to familiarise students with: basic descriptive statistics; hypothesis testing and statistical significance; correlation and regression analyses. In the workshops the objective will be to put the analytical techniques introduced in the lectures to use. Students will learn how to analyse a large dataset using a statistical computer package (SPSS) and will be encouraged to develop good practice in presenting and interpreting the statistics they produce. By the end of the course, students should be able to analyse critically the use of statistics in social policy research and to feel comfortable with handling a large scale dataset and with producing and interpreting some basic statistics of their own.