Data Skills Modules

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"Explore key aspects of the data using our interactive modules"

These introductory level interactive modules are designed for users who want to get to grips with key aspects of survey, longitudinal and aggregate data.

These are beta versions of the modules and we encourage any feedback or suggestions for enhancements or further modules.

Modules can be conducted in your own time and you are able to dip in and out when needed. The modules give an introduction to key aspects of the data using short instructional videos, interactive quizzes and activities using open access software where possible.

Each module stands alone but those with little experience of surveys may find it useful to start with the Survey Data Module before moving on to the Longitudinal Data Module.

For optimal user experience, EITHER of the following are recommended:

  • An up-to-date Flash player, and Flash-enabled browser such as IE8 or later, Safari 7 or later, or the latest versions of Chrome or Firefox (note that you may need to enable Flash to run)
  • Google Chrome or Safari 7 or later to view the HTML5 output

Survey Data Module (approximately 2 hours)

Unit 1: What are survey data?

Unit 2: Use cases

Unit 3: Exploring data

Unit 4: Looking at characteristics with graphs and charts

Unit 5: Looking at two variables to understand patterns

Unit 6: Considering the impact of sampling on your results

Longitudinal Data Module (approximately 2 hours)

Unit 1: What are longitudinal data?

Unit 2: Use cases

Unit 3: Downloading data & getting started

Unit 4: Preparing to work with the data

Unit 5: Analysing the data

Aggregate Data Module(approximately 1.5 hours)

Unit 1: What are aggregate data?

Unit 2: Use cases

Unit 3: Summary statistics

Unit 4: Mapping census data


Glossary of terms used throughout the modules.

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