Graduate Research School – STATS 1

10th December 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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To access this training on offer from the Graduate Research School, please go through the Graduate Research School Teams site.  In order to join this team site, you need to use the code jhr6z72 to join.  Go to the Teams main page, in the top right-hand corner click on ‘join or create team’. Once in, go to the ‘General’ channel, then at the top click on ‘training booking links’.  You will see all the sessions in date order.   You will be able to enrol onto the training sessions from the Graduate Research School via Microsoft Teams.  Please note access to these training sessions is for our Post Graduate Research Students in the first instance, however the Graduate Research School have informed me that there are sometimes places available that our research staff can access.  

 Introduction to Statistics and SPSS STATS 1

Statistical concepts, probability, sampling and frequency distributions, errors and statistical power. Setting up data files, visualising data and choosing the right test.

This short course is designed for researchers who have no background knowledge or experience of using statistics but who would nevertheless like to be able to perform some simple significance tests upon their data using SPSS. Significance testing is a powerful tool but it must be used carefully or it can lead to serious problems. Remember that you will have to be able to explain and justify any analysis in your thesis and at your viva! Therefore, we will begin with some basic statistical concepts to help you understand how significance tests work in theory. Most importantly, we will look at the issue of statistical power and see how underpowered designs (especially when testing unlikely or improbable hypotheses) make it almost inevitable that any apparently significant results will be bogus.