Data analysis and interpretation

Elective Course | 6 ECTS | Course: CRD 25

Instructor: N.N.

About the Course

Instructor

Description

The purpose of this course is to provide students with the basic requirements and tools for analysing quantitative and qualitative survey research. This course builds on real life examples from the field of Coastal Studies and students conduct a small research project, which includes data analysis and interpretation of the results. During the qualitative segment of the course, a broad range of statistical methods using the R environment are covered, including descriptive statistics, common parametric and nonparametric statistical tests, regression analysis and generalized linear models. During the qualitative segment of the course, the analysis of interviews and texts is covered, introducing the software MAXQDA.

Fundamental concepts of research, such as validity and reliability, and the importance of data visualization (tables and figures) are discussed. Students conduct a small research project, which includes data analysis and interpretation of the results.

On completion of the course, a student:

  • can evaluate qualitative and quantitative data in order to apply and discuss findings
  • can apply a broad range of statistical methods
  • can analyse interviews and texts with relevant tools
  • can plot data and create meaningful graphs in a format that is publishable
  • can interpret and discuss results from qualitative and quantitative data analysis