Thursday, 26 February 2015

Quantitative analysis I (descriptive)

Activity 1 – Divide the class into three groups and, deciding amongst yourselves which group does what, one group consider the standard deviation, the next group consider the standard error and the final group consider confidence intervals.  In each case explain what they show and what use they are in describing data.


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry what you have learned about describing data and how this might be helpful in research.

Quantitative design II (surveys)

Activity 1 – Divide the class into two groups and, deciding amongst yourselves which group does what, one group cohort study designs and the other group consider panel study designs and post your conclusions about the defining features of each for the other group to study.


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry how useful are—and what are the limitations of—survey designs.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Quantitative design I (experiments)

Activity 1 – Work in pairs (or in a trio if there is one person left without a partner) but pair up with someone different this time.  Between you provide explanations for each of: randomisation; control; and blinding (and variations of blinding) in clinical trials and post this on the discussion board


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry what you have learned about experiments and what the advantages and possible disadvantages are of this research design.