Quantitative Methods Workshop, May 2014
I attended the OUPS statistics weekend as I'm currently studying a cognitive psychology module and wanted a better handle on experimental methods and SPSS to analyse data. I was dubious as it sounded terribly dull, but tutors Jim and Neil were engaging, funny and very informative. We brought along our own laptops, loaded with SPSS, to get hands- on experience, and the time to 'play' with data whilst under the watchful eye of tutors - so it was the perfect opportunity to really get to grips with it. Being a residential weekend also meant getting the chance to network with tutors and like-minded students which has built friendships and made me realise I'm not alone as a distance learner!
The weekend has given me a great deal more knowledge on the area and I feel far more confident now when it comes to statistics and report writing.
Accommodation at Warwick was fantastic, clean and comfortable and in the same building as the restaurant and lecture room. The food was great and students from the stats workshop and from other modules had a chance to mingle.
During the working day, the talks and workshops were split into sections to give us regular breaks to absorb the information. There was also ample time to ask questions and to get one-to-one guidance on bits we weren't sure on. However, it would be useful but not necessary, to either read parts of the DSE212 methods book, or refresh your memory on it before attending to give you a head start.
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone studying psychology!