Quantitative Statistics for the Social Sciences

Dr. Tom Acton (Institute for Business, Social Sciences and Public Policy and Business Information Systems, NUI Galway)

Room CA243 (BIS Suite), JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway 01:00 :: 6th December 2012

BOOKED OUT! We are no longer taking bookings for this workshop as it is over-subscribed. We will be offering this workshop again in 2013 – detail to follow.

This workshop brings participants 'from zero to fairly capable' in a number of statistical techniques important for quantitative studies in the social sciences. Participants will be able to determine which 'tests' to perform on data and when to apply them, how to write the stuff up, and (fundamentally) how to go about constructing research questions and data collection instruments to be able to run these tests without complication or trying to retrofit. Further, this workshop will (at least somewhat) address any potential worries persons may have about all things statistical.

We'll see things like descriptive analysis, charting, how to work with various data types and how they relate to statistical tests, how to know what test to run, how to read the output, how to report results, and we'll meet stuff such as correlations, regression, t-tests and various analyses of variance methods, factor analysis, parametric and non-parametrics, and more. We'll see and use plenty of examples, all social science focused. Not scary, really - it's all about quantitative skills. Come if you don't have quantitative skills, but want some. A 'one-day' format will get everyone off the ground, and participants will know how to advance the skills learned. The workshop will assume zero knowledge of stats.

Participants will their own laptop, with SPSS up and running on it. Download SPSS from http://www.nuigalway.ie/information-solutions-and-services/staff/software/spss.html. Participants will need to request a (site) licence code from ISS. Of course, all this needs to be done in advance of the workshop.

Booked Out!

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