School of Psychology HDR website

Data collection and analysis

Although your supervisor will be able to provide advice about research design and analysis, you may find the following resources useful.

Research Design and Data Collection

Quantitative Design
Keppel and Wickens (2004). Design and analysis: a researcher's handbook (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ : Pearson Education.

Qualitative Design
Mason, J. (2002). Qualitative Researching (2nd ed.). UK: SAGE Publications Ltd.

Smith, J. A. (2003).  Qualitative psychology: A practical guide to research methods.  London: SAGE Publications.

Many students’ research involves data collection via surveys. The School of Psychology runs a service where students’ surveys can be turned into webpages for online data collection. You can learn more about this (and add your questionnaire to the queue) by contacting Luke Barisic.

Data Analysis

Deakin has licences for software packages used to analyse both qualitative and quantitative data. SPSS and AMOS can be used by on-campus students on any Deakin computer. Off-campus students can contact the IT service desk and request a copy of SPSS and AMOS which will be sent in the mail. 

Note: students employed as casual staff members can download SPSS and AMOS to their home computer via the following statistical software website (you will need your staff login and password). 

The school offers statistical workshops for HDR students periodically throughout the year.

Comprehensive guides for the statistical software packages can be downloaded here for SPSS and here for AMOS.

The following books in the library may also be useful for helping you conduct your analyses.  

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8th July 2011