Types of research study. Classical sampling theory for finite populations. The design of experiments and quasi-experiments to compare the effects of two or more treatments. More complicated experimental designs involving blocking, Latin squares, factorial design, nested design and repeated measures.
In this paper we aim to give students an understanding of the ideas and methods that are useful in designing a research study in the natural, life and social sciences. This is achieved by relating the appropriate methods of analysis to real-life research situations and by considering some of the most common mistakes that occur when designing a research study. The emphasis is on understanding the motivation, principles and methods rather than the mathematics underlying them. The paper is designed for both general science students and those wanting to specialise in statistics.
|Paper title||Design of Research Studies|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- STAT 110 or STAT 115 or BSNS 102 or BSNS 112
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- It is suitable for any student majoring in science as a key to carrying out a scientific research project is an understanding of the basic principles of the design of experiments and surveys.
- More information link
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- Teaching staff
- To be confirmed.
- Paper Structure
- Main topics:
- Study Design Theory
- Sampling Design
- Experimental Design
- Textbooks are not required for this paper.
A full set of lecture notes is available on the Departmental website.
- Course outline
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- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an appreciation of the critical appraisal of sampling methods and experimental designs, especially the importance of replication and power analysis.