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Interpreting Reported Statistics

Explore how to interpret the results section of an academic article.

Interpreting Reported Statistics
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    8 hours

Learn how to interpret reported statistics

Many of the articles you will read for your literature review and business plan will be quantitative studies. In order to understand the results section of those articles, you are required to interpret reported statistics.

In this short course, you will be introduced to the basics of reported statistics, including both descriptive and inferential statistics.

By understanding the concept of statistical significance, you should be able to understand and assess the results section of empirical quantitative studies.

What topics will you cover?

  • Types of variables
  • Types of statistics
  • Graphing
  • Measures of central tendency
  • Measures of dispersion
  • Statistical approach
  • Univariate distributions
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Inferential statistics
  • Statistical significance

Learning on this course

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the different types of variables
  • Explain the difference between the different measures of central tendency and dispersion
  • Interpret inferential data
  • Explain the differences between different inferential statistical tests

Who is the course for?

This course is for students who wish to know how to learn to interpret statistics.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Andre Soares PhD, MSc, BSc, FHEA, CPsychol – assistant professor in business and occupational psychology at Coventry University

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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