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Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research

Introduction to Data Analysis 2

Dates: 7 March 2017, 6 June 2017 
Time: 1 day (10am — 4.30pm)
Instructor: Jen Buckley (March), Jen Prattley (June) 
Level: Introductory
Fee: £195 (£140 for those from educational, government and charitable institutions). 
The Cathie Marsh Institute (CMIST) offers five free places to research staff and students within the Faculty of Humanities at The University of Manchester and the North West Doctoral Training Centre. 
Postgraduate students requesting a free place will be required to provide a letter of support from their supervisor.


This course provides an introduction to the theory and methods of quantitative data analysis of relationships between variables, focussing on the techniques of Chi-square tests, correlation and linear regression.


The course will examine relationships between variables covering:

  • The concept of statistical significance
  • The theory and execution of a simple chi square test for relationships between categorical variables
  • How to test whether a relationship between two interval variables exists using correlation
  • How to describe relationships between variables using a statistical model based on linear regression methods
  • The use of control variables to control for confounding variables
  • The interpretation of statistical results and their use in making research conclusions


Participants should have a basic familiarity with a statistical software package such as SPSS. Ideally participants should also have taken Introduction to Data Analysis 1 or have equivalent experience.

Recommended reading

  • Field, A. (2012) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS for Windows. London, SAGE Publications
  • Diamond, I. and Jefferies, J. (2004) Beginning Statistics: An Introduction for Social Scientists. London, Sage Publications
  • Blaikie, N. (2003) Analyzing Quantitative Data: from description to explanation London, SAGE Publications
  • For information about the surveys (used in the practical sessions), see the UK Data Service web site

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