Online course

Why Numbers Matter: Quantitative Research

Learn how to use quantitative research to make difficult decisions and solve real-world problems.

Why Numbers Matter: Quantitative Research

This course is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in Development and Humanitarian Action.

Discover the power of numbers

We use numbers in everyday life to make hundreds of small decisions that quickly add up to something bigger.

This course will help you to harness the power of quantitative research to make better informed decisions and solve real-world problems.

You’ll improve your understanding of how to use statistical analysis to draw meaningful conclusions from numerical data.

Whether it’s making an important financial investment, or testing the effectiveness of workplace practices, quantitative research helps us to make difficult decisions for ourselves and our communities.

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What topics will you cover?

  • Why numbers matter in quantitative research
  • How to use statistics to analyse data and solve real world problems
  • How to formulate research questions, informed by accurate and reliable measurement
  • How to select and justify an appropriate research method to answer your question
  • The close relationship between quantitative and qualitative research

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

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

  • Apply statistical analysis, including types of data, averages, proportions and confidence intervals, to make decisions about real world problems.
  • Calculate bivariate correlations using computer software
  • Develop an appropriate quantitative study design to answer a research question
  • Justify the role of quantitative research in your research project

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at anyone interested in research, but may be of particular interest to people who are undertaking a research project related to their profession or area of study.

Who will you learn with?

Nick Barter

Nick is an academic with a focus on developing frameworks to allow corporate strategists to realise sustainable strategies and expanding online education to as many learners as possible

Christopher Stevenson

Chris is an epidemiologist and biostatistician with a particular interest in evidence based health policy. He is a passionate teacher with a commitment to blending teaching with cutting edge research

Who developed the course?

Deakin University is one of Australia’s largest universities with more than 58,000 students studying online and on-campus.

Griffith University was created to be a different kind of university—challenging conventions, responding to trends and pioneering solutions through innovative teaching and research.

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