Please bring this announcement to the attention of any colleagues or
postgrad students who might be interested:
The Statistical Services Centre, University of Reading, offers the following
'Statistics Made Simple' (e-SMS): basic statistics for researchers, 22 March
to 10 May 2010.
This facilitated, online course is about understanding variability. It
includes the essentials needed to describe data well (descriptive
statistics), and to make good generalisations (statistical inference); it
covers the concept and uses of p-values, and establishes the groundwork for
statistical modelling based on simple linear regression.
e-SMS takes a very practical approach to statistics, and uses the internet
for presentations, discussions, individual assignments and other learning
activities. It runs online over seven weeks, and requires approximately one
hour per day, arranged within each week to suit yourself. A high level of
peer-to-peer and student-to-tutor interaction encourages learning and helps
The coursework requires the use of statistical software: Instat is supplied
free; alternatively participants may opt (if they have access) to use
Genstat, R, SAS, or SPSS. Assignment instructions are provided for each package.
Cost: £695 (£485 with academic discount).
For a full description and an application form, see
Alternatively contact 0118 378 8689 or [log in to unmask]
** The SSC also offers a range of face-to-face courses in statistics and
data management: see www.ssc.reading.ac.uk
Statistical Services Centre, University of Reading, UK
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