Research Techniques and Data Analysis
|Unit(s): 6.0||Level(s): III||Term(s): Summer||Offered?: Yes|
This course provides an introduction to the basic principles and techniques of statistics used in social science research. My approach involves extensive use of examples from real research to illustrate ideas, applications, and interpretations of statistics. Students will also have an opportunity to apply the techniques learned in class to actual data. I should emphasize up front that this is NOT a mathematics course. Students are expected to understand the basic rules of math, but the focus will be on selecting, applying, and interpreting statistical techniques for data analyses. Overall, this course is intended to get students thinking about why statistics are important to social science research and when and how to apply relevant statistical techniques to answer specific questions.