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Quantitative Data Analysis

numerical methods in research

A One Day Seminar

Presented by

Dr Dan Remenyi and Dr George Onofrei

The Cedars, University of Reading 25 th March 2014

Quantitative data analysis underpins a large if not the greater part of social science research. Quantitative data is regarded as an authentic way of understanding any phenomenon. Lord Kelvin’s remark “when you can measure what you are speaking about, and express it in numbers, you know something about it” is as true today as it was when he made that comment 130 years ago. In fact research is seen as largely a matter of measuring and being able to discover new knowledge as a result of such measurement.

Scientific measurement requires consideration to be given to variability and uncertainty and thus to issues such as risk. For this reason statistical analysis is employed. Statistics may be seen as one of the drivers which delivered our modern understanding of data quantitative data and how it should be used in science.

This being the case it is important to understand how we can collect, manage, analyse and interpret data. These issues have become increasing important as researchers are using statistics more extensively than ever before.

This one day seminar addresses the range of statistical techniques which are available for academic research and which are listed below. Statistical techniques will be demonstrated using Excel and SPSS.

This seminar will include numerous examples of quantitative data analysis to illustrate the work involved in using and interpreting statistics.

Topics covered in the seminar

What data is suitable for the answering of the research question? Distinguishing between data and noise; Data ethics issues; Data sampling; Data collection; Data preparation; Data management and deletion; Descriptive statistics; Data frequency tables;

Distributions, Estimation; Standard errors and means; Hypothesis testing; t-tests; Correlation Analysis; Use of P-values; Linear Regression; χ 2 (chi-square); ANOVA; Factor analysis.

This seminar is relevant to academics from most Faculties, Departments and Schools.

An Academic Conferences and Publishing Event

03/12/2013

This seminar delivers practical useful information which may be put to use immediately. It also gives participants an opportunity to network with other researchers and academics.

The seminar will be held on 25th March 2014 at the University of Reading, The Cedars Conference Centre. The Seminar will run from 09:30 until 16:00. The attendance fee is £100+VAT at 20%= £120. Fees include course materials and refreshments.

Seminar Facilitators Dr Dan Remenyi specialised in research methodology. He was for more than a decade a Visiting Professor in Information Systems Management at the School of Systems and Data Studies at Trinity College, University of Dublin. He teaches Research Methodology and Sociology of Research as well as supervising academic researchers and works extensively with research candidates and their supervisors at both doctoral and masters level. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 books and some 50

academically refereed papers. He is published in all 4 of the ‘A’ rated Journals in the United Kingdom in Information Systems Management. Some of his books have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Romanian. He holds a B Soc Sc, an MBA and a PhD.

Dr George Onofrei is based at the School of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Ireland. He completed his PhD in Supply Chain and Operations Management at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland. George has also been active in the field of business consulting. His research interests include: sustainability in manufacturing and service industries, management of dynamic capabilities, continuous and collaborative improvement, manufacturing and service strategy. George also has an academic interest in research methods both quantitative and qualitative.