880231 :Research Skills: Statistics


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: 12 x 2 hours of seminars (Geen informatie over collegetijden bekend)
Tentamenvorm: Exam and individual assignments (Geen informatie over tentamendata bekend)
Studielast:3 ECTS credits
Inschrijving:Inschrijven via COMAP. Inschrijven van 1 tot 20 augustus of van 1 tot 20 december


dr. M.B.J. Mos

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)


all relevant information about this course, including the schedule, textbooks etc. will be made available via Blackboard, through course 880247, 'Research skills, Methodology and Statistics'.

This course is designed for students who have a statistics deficit and need to catch up. It will cover the whole process of data-analysis, starting from the rationale behind statistics, via the exploration of the data, to the most important (basic) statistical tests and their interpretation. Students successfully completing this course will be able to chose and carry out appropriate statistical analysis for a variety of research questions involving continuous data. Moreover, they will be able to provide sound interpretation of such analyses and report their results accurately and accessibly.


Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

In order to understand the results sections of empirical articles, you will need statistics. In order to communicate critically about research, you will need statistics. And, maybe most importantly, in order to be able to conduct your own empirical work, you will need statistics. If you have not yet followed any statistic classes you have to follow this course. In six weeks you will learn the basics of statistics: Why we use it, when we use it and how we use it. The book used for this course is `Discovering Statistics using SPSS┬┐ which makes use of many examples and provides step-by-step explanations of how to approach your data; making statistics as entertaining as they can be. This course will cover descriptive analyses, correlation, regression, t-tests, one-way ANOVA, and chi-square analysis. You will learn what these analyses do and how to run them in SPSS.

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course is mandatory for students who have a statistics deficit and need to catch up. The final grade consists of the results of the exam and the results of three written assignments. Students have to pass each assignment to be able to successfully complete the course. Students who have to revise an assignment, will not given more than a 6 for the revised version.

You also need to have SPSS Statistics 17 or 18 if you want to make the assignments for this course at home. You can buy this program via www.surfspot.nl. For you own convenience you should make sure to have this program before the course starts.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Field, A., Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (and sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll), Third Edition, Sage Publications, 2009, ISBN 9781847879073.

Aanbevolen literatuur

  1. Neil J. Salkind, Exploring Research (8th edition), Pearson, 2012, ISBN 9780205117781.