What is the course about?
This is a basic introductory course in research methodology and statistical analyses that covers a comprehensive range of topics for individuals who are new to quantitative research. This is a theory-led course, but students are given plenty of opportunities to apply the concepts via practical and interactive activities integrated throughout the course. Many examples will apply to health research, but statistics is a universal subject with concepts that can readily be applied to other fields.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
• Introduction to quantitative research
• Research question development
• Study design, sampling and confounding
• Types of data graphical displays of data and results
• Summarising numeric and categorical data
• Numeric and categorical differences between groups
• Hypothesis testing
• Confidence intervals and p-values
• Statistical significance tests
• Regression analysis.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Students will be able to read and understand quantitative research studies published in peer reviewed journals. Furthermore, students will be in a position to conduct their own research, from the initial design phase through to data analysis and interpretation of results.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is accessible to students with some knowledge of mathematics (high school level as a minimum requirement), and therefore confortable carrying out simple calculations. An understanding of the general principles of science and evidence-based inference will be beneficial but is not essential.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There is no preliminary reading. Students will be recommended further optional reading after the course. However, students are expected to set aside 1.5 hours for work per week outside the classroom, to complete additional practical activities, read addional material and watch short pre-recorded videos.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no other costs for this course. Students should bring writing equipment for taking notes and a basic calculator (a mobile phone app should be sufficient).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
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