Multivariate Analysis (MSc)

This course is offered in Dutch. Some of the descriptions may therefore only be available in Dutch.

Course Objective

After following this course, the student should be able:
• to choose the correct statistical model in complex research designs,
• to analyse independently real data in Communication Science with the
use of the statistical program SPSS
• to analyse and interpret appropriate statistical models such as:

o linear regression in complex research designs such as mediation and
o Repeated Measures ANOVA
o Multivariate Analysis of Variance (MANOVA)

Course Content

Students get acquainted with advance statistical methods (regression and
experimental designs) for the purpose of analysing data in Communication
Science. We discuss mediation and moderation in the context of linear
regression as well as experimental methods i.e. Repeated Measures
ANOVA and MANOVA. This course focuses on the application of statistical
models in empirical research. In the lectures, the statistical methods
are discussed. In the tutorials, we analyse data (coming sometimes from
published articles in Communication Science) with SPSS. In the lectures,
we also discuss issues that have been introduced in the tutorials and
have been raised during data analysis. Students get the opportunity to
practice themselves with additional online assignments.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, SPSS tutorials and online exercises

Method of Assessment

Final exam (65%), SPSS-tests (20%) and theory tests (15%)


Andy Field: "Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics" .

Target Audience


Additional Information


Custom Course Registration

Bij dit vak kun je niet zelf intekenen voor de werkgroep, maar word je ingedeeld door de vakcoördinator. Je ziet ongeveer twee weken voordat het vak start in je persoonlijk rooster in VUnet in welke werkgroep je ingedeeld bent. NB je moet wel intekenen voor het vak met de bijbehorende vakonderdelen!

Recommended background knowledge

Beschrijvende en Inferentiële Statistiek (S_BIS)
Methodologie van sociaal-wetenschappelijk onderzoek (S_MTSWO)
Multivariate Analyse BSc (S_MVAba)

General Information

Course Code S_MVAma
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition Dutch
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator dr. D. Pavlopoulos
Examiner dr. D. Pavlopoulos
Teaching Staff J.C. Swinkels
L.M.S. Mattijssen MSc
dr. D. Pavlopoulos

Practical Information

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.