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Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics

01 June 2020–30 June 2020, 5:00 pm–8:15 pm

This course offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamental aspects of research methods and statistics. From study design, data types, and graphs, through to choice and interpretation of statistical tests, with particular focus on standard errors, confidence intervals and p-values.

Event Information

Open to

All

Cost

£750.00

Organiser

Centre for Applied Statistics Courses

There are currently no live dates scheduled for this course, we will announce new dates for the next academic year shortly. In the meantime you can sign up to our mailing list to be the first to find out about any updates:

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Additionally, we now offer this as a self-paced, online course that you can register for and start at any time. We are currently running a welcome offer (see the tab 'Online, self-paced' below for details). Click below to register through the UCL online store and gain access:

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Details

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 delegates are given plenty of opportunities to apply the concepts via practical and interactive activities integrated throughout the course. The following topics are covered:

  • 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 
  • Parametric statistical tests
  • Non-parametric tests
  • Bootstrapping
  • Regression analysis

The majority of examples used in this course are related to health research, but the concepts can be readily applied to most other fields.

Fees

Course fees (live)

Below are the course fees for all courses delivered live either face-to-face, or through online video feed.

External Delegates (Non-UCL)£750
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni£375 *
Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSHFREE †
* Valid UCL email address and/or UCL alumni number required upon registration. Please note, this category does not include hospital staff unless you have a formal affiliation with the university.


† Limited free spaces available. If there are no free places remaining, Staff and Doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH can still register at the UCL rate.

Cancellations: Please note that no refunds will be given for non-attendance or cancellations made within 5 working days of the start of the course. For delegates attending courses on funded places, a £100 fee will be charged for late cancellation, non-attendance or partial-attendance.

Course fees (self-paced)

Below are the fees for access to the online, self-paced version of this course. 

External Delegates (Non-UCL)£375
UCL Staff, Students, Alumni£187.50 *
Staff from ICH/GOSH, and doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH/SLMSFREE
* Valid UCL email address and/or UCL alumni number required upon registration. Please note, this category does not include hospital staff unless you have a formal affiliation with the university.
Future Live Dates (9.30am-5.00pm)
Dates Time Apply
TBC9.30am - 5.00pm^Subscribe to general mailing list

^We recommend logging in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to access materials and ensure the course can start promptly at 9.30am.

Future Live Dates (evening)
Dates Time Apply
TBC *5.00pm - 8.15pm^Subscribe to general mailing list

* Evening courses run on Monday and Tuesday evenings for five consecutive weeks

^ We recommend logging in 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to access materials and ensure the course can start promptly at 5.00pm.

Online/Self-Paced Materials

An online, self-paced version of this course is available that includes the following materials:

  • Full electronic notes
  • Short lecture videos (recorded outside of the classroom) that follow closely with the notes
  • Interactive multiple choice quizzes for each chapter
  • Extended practical exercises (with solutions) for further comprehension
  • Revision materials
  • Links to additional resources

Support: The course includes unlimited support through a forum that will be manned by one of our teaching fellows. We aim to provide responses to all questions on Tuesday and Friday each working week. Note that questions can only relate directly to the course materials and should not be used as a consultancy service for your own projects. Additionally, since this is a brand new resource, the first 15 people to register can also arrange a free 30 minute online video chat with one of our teaching fellows to help you with any difficulties you are having understanding the materials *. 

* Not availble to staff from ICH/GOSH, and doctoral Students from ICH/GOSH/SLMS

Personalised certificates will be generated on completion (when you pass the multiple choice quizzes).

Feedback (live)

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course. I'm very satisfied with the way these concepts were taught. I think the team does an excellent job. I will be recommending this course to a lot of people."

"I really enjoyed the course. It was well paced and had good balance of practicals, voting slides, breaks and teaching… The course environment was really friendly as well, and I felt comfortable asking questions."

"Very good course and well explained. I liked the use of interactive questions and the exercises as the practical application was important in the understanding of the tests. As someone who finds mathematics intimidating, the clinical and visual approach was very helpful."

"Excellent course, really helpful well organized and interesting."

"The way the teaching was interspersed with practicals and class voting slides was fantastic - it really helped me to stay focussed and gave me a chance to find out early on how well I was understanding and able to apply what we were learning. All the teachers were brilliant. Engaging, interesting and very knowledgeable."