Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Revision and evaluation of module

Activity 1 – As a whole group reflect and share any thoughts you have about the module and what was good and any areas for improvement.  Feel free to share on the discussion board but don’t forget to complete the module evaluation .


Activity 2 – Reflect in a final blog entry on what you have learned in the module. Please individually complete the module evaluation.

Using SPSS II (factor analysis)

Activity 1 – Work individually on the SPSS exercise on factor analysis and try to complete it


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry on whether or not it was useful to carry out the SPSS exercise on factor analysis.

Using SPSS I (descriptive and inferential)

Activity 1 – Work individually on the SPSS exercises and try to complete them.


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry if you had ever used SPSS before or this was your first time – what are your impressions?

Item response theory (Mokken scaling)

Activity 1 – Divide the class into two groups and, deciding amongst yourselves which group does what, one group consider classical test theory and the other consider item response theory and post on the discussion board what your understanding is for the other group to read.


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry what you understand about item response theory and how it differs from classical test theory.

Factor analysis

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.  Each group take one or more of the following terms related to factor analysis and provide an explanation and a relevant link on the discussion board for your colleagues to read: eigenvalue; communality; factor loading; simple factor structure.


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry what you understand about factor analysis and how it can be used providing at least one link to a relevant article.

Monday, 2 March 2015

Quantitative analysis II (inferential)

Activity 1 – Divide the class into two groups and, deciding amongst yourselves which group does what, one group consider Type I error and the other Type II error and in each case what steps can be taken to avoid them and find two examples each of articles where either Type I or Type II error has been addressed; post your conclusions on the discussion board for the other group to study.


Activity 2 – Reflect in a blog entry what you understand about inferential as opposed to descriptive statistics.