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- 2017-18 - 

This year we are running multiple 'Introduction to Statistics' courses...


Michaelmas Term - Introduction to Statistics

Date:
Tues 3 October 2017 at 09:30 -Wednesday, 4 October 2017 at 17:00 

Location:
Titan Teaching Room 1
New Museums Site 
Cambridge

The 'Introduction to Statistics' is a two day course aimed at undergraduate social scientists who want to know about the fundamentals of analysing and presenting statistical data. 

Day 1

We will introduce procedures for analysing statistical data (including measures of central tendency, shape and spread of a variable, and graphical analysis), and deconstruct the use and misuse of statistics by the media and politicians.

Day 2

We will cover significance testing, and techniques for analysing relationships between two variables (including tables, measures of association, and advanced graphical analysis).

NB. The topics and techniques will be demonstrated using the software package SPSS; No previous knowledge of statistics is required. 


Please note, the course is free to social science undergraduate students at the University of Cambridge. Students are expected to attend both days of the course. If you are unable to do so, please contact us to cancel your place as soon as possible.

If you are taking either SOC5 (Statistics and Methods) or POL6 (Statistics) in 2017-18 you should not take this course, as the material presented is duplicated from the first four weeks of these papers. Students who are taking these courses and initially offered a place, will be automatically placed on the waiting list when class lists are disseminated, and only offered a place if spaces are available.

This course is also scheduled to run from Tues 16 - Wed 17 January 2018; contact the if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for this Lent Course. 


- 2016-17 - 


AN INTRODUCTION TO REGRESSION ANALYSIS

Date/Time: Friday 2 December, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Location: Seminar Room, Biological Anthropology

Researchers are often interested in exploring what factors are associated with, or influence a particular outcome. For example, this could involve investigating the effects that gender, ethnicity, school type, family composition, parental education level, and parental income have on a child’s school results. Regression analysis is a very useful technique for these purposes, allowing researchers to investigate the combined effect of one or more factors on an outcome.

Moving from simple to more complex models, this one day course provides an overview of different types of regression analysis and details their practical application in SPSS and in published social science research. Ideas covered build on the foundational concepts established in the Introductory Course in Statistics for Social Scientists run by CUQM.

Regression analysis is a vital tool for any quantitative researcher. Therefore, the emphasis of the course is on the development of practical skills that will enable you to apply different regression techniques in your chosen field of study.

Places are open only to those students who have attended one of the CUQM Introductory courses and will be reserved on a strictly first come, first served basis. 


 

 This year we are running two Introduction To Statistics courses, which both take place over two days:

               

Both sessions will be held in the Seminar Room, Department of Biological Anthropology, Pembroke Street, on the these respective dates:

Tuesday 4 October - Wednesday 5 October, 9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 17 January - Wednesday 18 January, 9:30am - 5pm 

At the end of the course participants will be able to draw upon some statistical techniques to analyse survey datasets, and have foundational knowledge in statistics to confidently explore more advanced statistical techniques such as regression.

No previous knowledge of statistics is required, but students booking onto these courses should not be students who plan to take Pol6 or Soc5 as the content of these courses is covered in those modules.

Please note: Places for these courses are very limited and are usually fully booked up within a few hours of bookings opening.

‘Really engaging and informative course, providing a great introduction to statistics and relevant skills, and making it seem relevant in daily life, It will be very useful for my academic and non-academic future’ 

(Feedback from attendee of January 2016 course)

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- 2015-16 -


We are delighted to invite undergraduate social sciences students to the CUQM Introductory Course in Statistics for Social Scientists. It will be held on Tuesday 19th April and Wednesday 20th April, 9:30am - 5pm in the Seminar Room, Department of Biological Anthropology, Pembroke Street.CUQM is pleased to offer students another chance to attend the CUQM Introductory Course in Statistics for Social Scientists.

At the end of the course participants will be able to draw upon some statistical techniques to analyse survey datasets, and have foundational knowledge in statistics to confidently explore more advanced statistical techniques such as regression.

No previous knowledge of statistics is required.

‘Really engaging and informative course, providing a great introduction to statistics and relevant skills, and making it seem relevant in daily life, It will be very useful for my academic and non-academic future’ (Feedback from attendee of January 2016 course)

 

Anyone with an interest in attending should email the CUQM Administrator on . Places are limited so please get in touch as soon as possible.

 

 


 

AN INTRODUCTION TO REGRESSION ANALYSIS

Thursday 10th March, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Mill Lane Lecture Room 6

Regression Course

Researchers are often interested in exploring what factors are associated with, or influence a particular outcome. For example, this could involve investigating the effects that gender, ethnicity, school type, family composition, parental education level, and parental income have on a child’s school results. Regression analysis is a very useful technique for these purposes, allowing researchers to investigate the combined effect of one or more factors on an outcome.

Moving from simple to more complex models, this one day course provides an overview of different types of regression analysis and details their practical application in SPSS and in published social science research. Ideas covered build on the foundational concepts established in the Introductory Course in Statistics for Social Scientists run by CUQM.

Regression analysis is a vital tool for any quantitative researcher. Therefore, the emphasis of the course is on the development of practical skills that will enable you to apply different regression techniques in your chosen field of study.

 

 


 

Following the success of the first CUQM Introductory Course in Statistics for Social Scientists in October, CUQM is pleased to offer students another chance to attend this course.

 Intro Stats Course January 2016 poster

A second Intro Course in Statistics for Social Scientists will run on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th January 2016. 9:30am - 4:30pm both days.

Day 1 will introduce procedures for summarising data with numbers and graphs (including measures of average, shape and spread of a variable).

Day 2 will cover statistical significance testing, techniques for analysing relationships between two variables (including creating tables, working with percentages, and exploring measure of association and more advanced graphical analysis).

The topics and techniques will be demonstrated using the software package SPSS running in Windows or on an Apple.

At the end of the course participants will be able to draw upon some statistical techniques to analyse survey datasets, and have foundational knowledge in statistics to confidently explore more advanced statistical techniques such as regression.

No previous knowledge of statistics is required.

 

 


 

CUQM Intro Course in Statistics

CUQM is offering undergraduate students the chance to attend a 2 day introductory course in statistics and data analysis.

The course is aimed at undergraduate students in social science and humanities who want to know about the basics of analysing and presenting data, such as data from a survey.

Day 1 will introduce procedures for summarising data with numbers and graphs (including measures of average, shape and spread of a variable).

Day 2 will cover statistical significance testing, techniques for analysing relationships between two variables (including creating tables, working with percentages, and exploring measure of association and more advanced graphical analysis).

The topics and techniques will be demonstrated using the software package SPSS running in Windows or on an Apple.

At the end of the course participants will be able to draw upon some statistical techniques to analyse survey datasets, and have foundational knowledge in statistics to confidently explore more advanced statistical techniques such as regression.

No previous knowledge of statistics is required.

Date: Tuesday 6th October, 9:30am – 5:30pm and Wednesday 7th October, 9:30am – 5:30pm

Location: Seminar Room, Department of Biological Anthropology, Pembroke Street

The course is free to students at the University of Cambridge, but places are limited. 

 


 

The Faculty of Education is running a Dissertation Workshop on Thursday 11th June and Friday 12th June at Homerton College. The workshop will be very useful for any student thinking about undertaking a dissertation project in their third year.

The workshop will include two full days of sessions on a variety of different types of methods used in for empirical and library-based research dissertations. The topics to be covered are: deciding to do an empirical or library based dissertation, surveys and questionnaires, interviews, observations, experiments, ethics, international research, large data sets and a session by library staff about using the library for literature searches (necessary for the dissertation planning).

Although the workshop is being run by the Faculty of Education, students from other CUQM triposes are being invited to attend. It would be particularly useful as a rapid catch-up on research methods for students who did not take the SOC5 paper. The main focus of each session will be relevant to all students, but there will be some information in some sessions which will be specific to the Education tripos.

It is necessary to register to attend the workshop, so please email Casey Mein (cm575@cam.ac.uk) if you would like to attend.