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This short-course provides an introduction to latent variable modelling – an ever increasingly used approach in the behavioural and social sciences.

Summary

This short-course provides an introduction to latent variable modelling – an ever increasingly used approach in the behavioural and social sciences. The short-course covers many of the major features of latent variable models including confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis (with and without error) and modelling the relationships between latent variables.

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Synopsis of the course

This short-course provides an introduction to latent variable modelling – an ever increasingly used approach in the behavioural and social sciences. The short-course covers many of the major features of latent variable models including confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis (with and without error) and modelling the relationships between latent variables. The historical and statistical foundations of latent variable models will be detailed, with particular attention paid to the issues of measurement, specification, estimation and interpretation of models. We will demonstrate how latent variable models offer an extremely flexible framework for statistical analysis and one that allows complex hypotheses to be tested.

Some extensions to the basic latent variable model will be introduced, such as multiple group analysis, MIMIC models, and the application of model constraints. The course will be delivered by means of lectures and hands-on practical work. The final session of each day will include a question and answer session with the opportunity for everyone to discuss their research interests and their own data structures. Mplus will be used, but no experience of this software is required.

It is expected that participants will have some knowledge of different variable types (nominal, ordinal, etc.), descriptive statistics and a working knowledge of hypothesis testing prior to taking the course. An understanding of regression and correlation would be a benefit. The following websites provide accessible overviews of latent variable models. This is the homepage for the Mplus software. It has links to examples, data, and tutorials. A gentle introduction to latent variable modelling can be found here.

Further information

It is expected that participants will have some knowledge of different variable types (nominal, ordinal, etc.), descriptive statistics and a working knowledge of hypothesis testing prior to taking the course. An understanding of regression and correlation would be a benefit.

Location: Coleraine Campus, University of Ulster

If you have any queries about this course, please contact the course leader Dr James Houston at je.houston@ulster.ac.uk

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made prior to Monday 7th August 2017: full refund less an administrative charge of £50.00.
Cancellations made between Monday 7th August and Monday 14th August: refund of fifty percent.
Cancellations made after Monday 14th August: no refund to be made.

Accommodation

Students can find information relating to accommodation at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/accommodation/forms-and-documents/summer-non-students.

If accommodation is unavailable please contact James Houston at je.houston@ulster.ac.uk.

Attendance

This two day course will be held in Coleraine Campus, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA. (Room location tbc).

Date: Monday and Tuesday 11th & 12th August 2017
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm

Entry requirements

It is expected that participants will have some knowledge of different variable types (nominal, ordinal, etc.), descriptive statistics and a working knowledge of hypothesis testing prior to taking the course. An understanding of regression and correlation would be a benefit.

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Price

£300.00

Payment information

You must register and pay for this course online. Fees (including lunch and refreshments)

£300 - (Full Fee)
£200 - (Concessionary Fee for Unwaged/Students/Charitable Sector Workers -
evidence will be required)
£255 - (Full Fee booking with more than one course)
£170 - (Concessionary Charge with more than one course)

Contact

For further information:

Email: FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk

Telephone: (+44) 028 9036 6680