Course ObjectiveLearning outcomes:
Knowledge and understanding - The student has acquired knowledge and
(1) elementary methods and techniques of descriptive and inferential
Application - The student has acquired the competences to:
(2) use the appropriate descriptive statistics given the available data
(3) apply several elaboration models;
(4) use statistical techniques to test the difference between two groups
(i.c. t-test), and to apply them in SPSS;
(5) use statistical techniques to test the association between
variables (i.c. correlation coefficient and regression analysis), and to
apply them in SPSS;
(6) draw a table with relevant statistical information and how to ‘read’
Course ContentThis course offers an overview of techniques to describe quantitative
data. Topics are, among others, mean, variance, correlation and
regression. Using the elaboration model students learn to interpret the
relation between two variables controlling for the effects of a third
variable. This course also offers an overview of statistical techniques
how to analyze collected
data in order to test hypotheses. Afterwards a student is able to
formulate hypotheses, to test them, to draw correct conclusions, to show
the relation between levels of significance, p-values, statistical
power, and statistical errors. During SPSS tutorials all techniques will
Teaching MethodsLectures and practical tutorials
Method of AssessmentWritten examination (multiple choice) and SPSS assignments.
LiteratureAlan Agresti & Christine Franklin. Statistics: the Art and Science of
Learning from Data (3rd edition, 2013).
Also possible: Alan Agresti, Christine Franklin & Bernhard Klingenberg.
Statistics: the Art and Science of Learning from Data (4th edition,
Also possible: Gerhard G. van de Bunt (compiler). Descriptive and
Statistics in the Social Sciences (2011). Pearson Custom Publishing.
Software-package SPSS, for instance via Surfspot
(https://www.surfspot.nl/). It is always possible to use SPSS at the VU,
but there are not that many public computers and often these computers
are booked. In these cases SPSS cannot be used.
Target Audience1st year bachelorstudents in Cultural Anthropology and Development
Custom Course RegistrationIn this course you can not enroll yourself for the tutorials, but you will be assigned by the course coordinator. Note: You do have to register for the course, with the corresponding parts!
|Language of Tuition||English|
|Faculty||Faculty of Social Sciences|
|Course Coordinator||dr. J.C. Muis|
|Examiner||dr. D. Pavlopoulos|
dr. D. Pavlopoulos
You need to register for this course yourself
|Teaching Methods||Lecture, Practical*|
*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.