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Maths Learning Centre (MLC): Workshops

Workshops

We deliver Maths and Statistics workshops throughout the academic year. Currently we offer the following workshops: 


Maths Workshops

In order to enrol on ANY teaching course you need to pass a numeracy skills test. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the structure of the tests as well as to familiarise you with the maths involved; both written and mental arithmetic. This is a highly interactive session so please come along ready to share ideas and do some maths!

 

In order to enrol on ANY teaching course you need to pass a numeracy skills test. This workshop is designed to introduce you to the structure of the tests as well as to familiarise you with the maths involved; both written and mental arithmetic. This is a highly interactive session so please come along ready to share ideas and do some maths!

 

This is an opportunity to revisit the foundations of some algebraic topics such as: simplifying expressions, expanding and factorising, solving equations and rearranging formulae. These topics may underpin mathematical aspects of your course, so this session is your chance to deepen your understanding of algebra and increase your confidence.

 


Statistics Workshops

This is a hands on session where you will discuss what you would like to learn about your calculators, carry out some calculations such as finding a mean, standard deviation and correlation coefficient and identify possible pitfalls with using your calculator. (Models FX83, FX85 ONLY).

 

This workshop is for students about to embark on a research project that will require the use of a questionnaire to collect data and information. At the workshop you will learn to design a questionnaire by considering your research and what survey questions will provide you with the data and information you will need to carry out the analysis. The design is dictated by the information you want to collect, therefore we will consider types of questions, layout, order and delivery. Remember a well thought out questionnaire will make it easier for your participation group to respond and give you useful data!

 

This workshop will provide students an introduction to statistical analysis mainly focusing on descriptive statistics. For descriptive statistics, the data is initially described and summarised using graphs and statistical quantities (e.g. frequencies, percentages, mean, median, bar charts).This workshop will explore the differences between independent and dependent variables and different data types, and consider which descriptive statistics would be most appropriate for each data types. These steps are essential before carrying out any statistical tests.

 

Once the descriptive statistics is reported, an analysis of the data set can be carried out. Depending on your research question and type of data collected or gathered, there are various statistical tests to choose from. This workshop will cover techniques to help you choose the right statistical test to analyse your data and draw conclusions from. It will also explain what a p-value is, how this can be reported in relation to your research question(s). Note this workshop will not deal with interpreting and reporting finding for that please see workshop on Reporting your statistical analysis.

 

SPSS is a software package used to conduct statistical analysis. This workshop will give an introduction on how to get started with SPSS. We will further explore different ways of describing the data using SPSS (e.g. frequencies, percentages, mean, standard deviation and charts).This is an essential part of data analysis as it can provide a better understanding of the data before analysis is carried out. This workshop is aimed at beginners level assuming there is no prior knowledge on the use of SPSS.

 

This workshop will provide an overview of parametric or non-parametric tests which explore tests of differences using SPSS. The statistical tests covered in this workshop are the Independent and Paired samples t-test, Mann Whitney U-test and Kruskal Wallis test. This workshop is aimed at intermediate level assuming there is some prior knowledge of statistics and the use of SPSS.

 

This workshop will provide an overview of parametric or non-parametric tests which explore tests of relationships using SPSS. The statistical tests covered in this workshop are Pearson Product Moment correlation, Spearman Rank correlation and Chi-squared test for association. This workshop is aimed at intermediate level assuming there is some prior knowledge of statistics and the use of SPSS.

 

This workshop is the last in a series of sessions on using SPSS and is for students who have used SPSS previously as the session will not cover how to use SPSS. This workshop will provide practical experience of using SPSS to conduct statistical analyses such as one way ANOVA and linear regression. Students will use sample data to carry out the above analyses and we will discuss how to interpret the SPSS output. This workshop is for students who need to use SPSS to analyse their data for their assignment or dissertation.

 

This workshop will look at the different conventions used for reporting statistical findings and how to use graphs and tables appropriately in the results section of a report. This session will not cover how to do statistical analyses as this is covered in workshops on descriptive and inferential statistics. This workshop will be useful to dissertation students that have conducted statistical analyses and need to report their findings appropriately.

 

The aim of this workshop is to help students to interpret the statistics they see in the literature as this is a skill student’s need for writing literature reviews and for conducting their own experimental research. The meaning of key statistical terminology will be discussed and students will be given an understanding of the research process from formulating a question to interpreting the results. This will help students to critique the statistics they read.

 

MLC Workshops

Please note that bookings open two weeks prior to the workshop week. Click here to download and view all our upcoming statistics workshop dates.

Embedded Workshops

We offer faculty workshops that are specific to certain modules. To find out whether this applies to your course, get in touch during our drop-in hours or email mlc@dmu.ac.uk.