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Workshops


 

Summer Term Workshops (no booking required)

Our maths, stats and numeracy workshops are open to all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students, free of charge. You can take part in as many as you like during the term.

Please see below for exact dates, times and locations:

Please note:

  • The size of the workshops vary, but there could be up to 20 students in a session. Our sessions can be very popular and unfortunately we cannot guarantee a space so be sure to get there on time for a seat.
  • You can earn Passport Points for attending our workshops.
  • The workshops are either one or two hours long and take place on different dates throughout the term. Please see below for exact dates, times and locations.

Stats & SPSS Workshops

 This is a course of five workshops which will be repeated a few times during the year.

 

S1: Getting Started with Statistics and SPSS

Monday 10 June, 10-12pm, in Computer Centre PC Lab 1

This is a computer led workshop for complete beginners to SPSS. The workshop follows a step by step guide to getting started in SPSS with exercises and covers the following topics: Getting data into SPSS; Choosing the right summary statistics and graphs for your data; Producing summary statistics, tables and graphs; Recording and creating new variables.

 

S2: Introduction to Hypothesis Testing

Monday 10 June, 12.30-2.30pm, in Computer Centre PC Lab 1

This workshop focuses on the concepts and terminology needed to understand hypothesis testing. The workshop will also cover chi-squared tests and t-tests.

 

S3: ANOVA in SPSS

Tuesday 11 June, 10-12pm, in Computer Centre PC Lab 1

Stats knowledge required. You must have attended S1 and S2 workshops or studied the material. Analysis of Variance is a statistical test for comparing the means of several independent groups. There are several types of ANOVA but it is important to get to grips with the basics before moving to more complex types of ANOVA. This practical workshop centres around running ANOVA in SPSS and includes: Which ANOVA to use in which circumstances; Carrying out one and two way ANOVA; Interpretation of the output; Checking assumptions; What to do when the assumptions are not met.

 

S4: Correlation and Regression in SPSS

Tuesday 11 June, 12.30-2.30pm, in Computer Centre PC Lab 1

Stats knowledge required. You must have attended S1 and S2 workshops or studied the material. Multiple regression is one of the most commonly used techniques for project analysis. It is important to know how to use and interpret regression correctly. This practical workshop centres around using SPSS to carry out correlation and regression and includes: When and why correlation or regression are used; Carrying out analysis; Interpretation of the output; Checking assumptions.

 

S5: Choosing the right statistical analysis for your project

Wednesday 12 June 10-12pm, in Computer Centre PC Lab 1

This workshop covers the steps of choosing the right analysis and introduces the terminology associated with the process. A number of group exercises will be included to aid understanding of the topics. The session includes a brief introduction to each test for those who have not studied them before and the appropriate graphs to use with each test.  

 

Key Numeracy Skills for Teaching Workshops (Available in the Autumn Term)

If you are interested in becoming a teacher, these workshops will help you brush up on key numeracy skills you might not have touched since secondary school which you'll need for your career and to pass the Professional Skills Test. Each session will involve some theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions.

Even if you're not considering becoming a teacher, you may benefit from improving your maths skills for your studies and Numerical Reasoning Tests for job applications. 

 

Test Format, Content and Sample Questions

In this workshop we will discuss the format and content of Professional Numeracy Skills test. We will try sample questions from both parts of the test: written questions and mental arithmetic. For the session to be more interactive, clickers will be used to encourage better participation.

 

Averages & Range

This workshop covers the following topics: mean, median, mode and range. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions.

 

Fractions

This workshop covers the following topics: equivalent fractions; writing one amount as a fraction of another; adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions; converting fractions to decimals. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions.

 

Decimals & Percentages

This workshop covers the following topics: recurring decimals; place value; multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100, 1000, 0.1, 0.01, 0.001 and other decimals; adding and subtracting decimals; rounding decimals; converting between fractions, decimals and percentages; writing one amount as a percentage of another. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions including mental arithmetic.  

 

Fraction, Decimals & Percentages - calculations

This workshop covers the following topics: finding fraction, decimal and percentage of an amount; calculating percentage increase and decrease. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions including mental arithmetic. 

 

Ratio & Proportion

This workshop covers the following topics: ratio; equivalent ratio; simplifying ratio; comparing ratio; writing ratio as fraction; finding the missing number in a ratio; dividing number in a given ratio; difference between ratio and proportion; direct proportion; inverse proportion. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions including mental arithmetic. 

 

Conversions (Distance & Money) & Formulae

This workshop covers the following topics: distance units conversion including millimetres, centimetres, metres, kilometres, and miles; money conversion; formulae. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions including mental arithmetic.

 

Charts & Graphs

This workshop covers the following topics: scatter graph; line graph; cumulative frequency. We will read, analyse charts and graphs, as well as make calculations based on the data presented graphically. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions.

 

Box and Whisker Plot & Tables

This workshop covers the following topics: reading off range, median, quartiles and interquartile range off the box and whisker plot; reading and completing tables. It will involve theory, helpful tips on how to avoid common mistakes and plenty of practice questions.

 

Mental Arithmetic & Tips

This workshop summarises all the tips mentioned in the previous workshops, gives an opportunity to ask questions from a variety of topics and provides a lot of practice of mental arithmetic questions.