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This course links statistical modelling concepts and data analysis to establish a firm knowledge of statistical models to analyse longitudinal data.

Summary

The course seeks to develop participants' knowledge and understanding of methods for analysing longitudinal data within a latent variable framework. Latent growth models, mixture models and models involving mediation and moderation will be described, together with combinations thereof. Participants will be introduced to the concepts, terms and approaches underlying these models and will gain experience implementing and estimating the models using appropriate statistical software.

This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development.

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About

A researcher’s ability to measure and describe how individuals change over time is central to understanding much psychological and social phenomena. Throughout the lifespan, individuals may follow similar patterns of change as they develop or they may change inresponse to various positive or negative life experiences. Latent Growth Models are an important class of statistical models that facilitates the assessment of change over time.Moreover, the curious researcher often wishes to extend their understanding by identifying and quantifying those life events or personal characteristics that may influence or predict individual change. They may also wish to assess how certain variables can be mediators or moderators of individual change, or indeed, researchers may wish to explore the presence of unobserved groups of individuals through mixture modelling. These are important and common research questions, all of which can be readily accommodated and addressed in the latent variable modelling context.

The course will introduce and develop participants’ knowledge of a range of statistical models for analysing longitudinal data, together with applying statistical models for assessing moderation and mediation effects and methods for unpacking unobserved heterogeneity.The course employs an integrated framework linking statistical modelling concepts and data analysis using statistical software to establish a firm knowledge of statistical models useful for analysing longitudinal data.

Linked programmes

PgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development, PgCert Quantitative Methods for the Behavioural and Social Sciences

Assessment

100% coursework - (a) Report - written practical report in a standard format expected in social science research, with the focus on hypothesis construction and testing and the production and interpretation of statistical output (60%) and (b) Online Class Test (40%).

Attendance

This course requires attendance for three full days (9.30am - 4.30pm) on 11, 12 and 13 September 2019.

Entry requirements

Degree in the behavourial or social sciences (e.g. psychology, geography, political science, health econmics, sociology or equivalent).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).

Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.

Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf

International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration

Start dates

  • 11 September 2019
How to apply

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

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The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

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How to apply

The following page explains the postgraduate short course application procedure:

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply/short-courses(choose postgraduate short courses)

Start dates

  • 11 September 2019

Fees and funding

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Prices

Northern Ireland & EU:
£655.60
England, Scotland, Wales
and the Islands:
£655.60

International:
£1,562.20

Fees information

Information about how to pay for a course including different payment options is available at

https://www.ulster.ac.uk/finance/student/tuition-fees-payments

Scholarships, awards and prizes

Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

Contact

Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680

For more information visit

Faculty of Life and Health Sciences

School of Psychology

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