Lecture and Commentary Notes
These notes have a long history.
Most of them were originally written for UNE by Andrew F. Hayes, Ph.D. in 1997. They were updated in Jan. 1998 by Travis L. Gee, Ph.D. and again by Ian R. Price, Ph.D. in late 1998. Many of them can also be traced back to Ray Cooksey and Adam Patrech from 1993 to 1997. So all are acknowledged as making a contribution.
These commentary notes are designed to form the backbone of the material to be learnt in this unit. You should read and understand these notes first and foremost. The information you need to complete your assignments and study for your exam is essentially to be found in here. You should then try to get a broader, and also more detailed, understanding of the topics and concepts by consulting your textbooks. In those texts you will also find more worked examples. During internal practical sessions external residential schools you will get practice at carrying out the analyses that are discussed in these notes and are required for the assignments.
Associated with these materials is a disk that contains a number of programs to assist your understanding. The WebStat web site is also intended to do this. So, the plan is for you to develop your understanding of research methods and statistics using a many-pronged attack. Some ways will suit some people more than others but if you faithfully try them all, you should find something that causes the penny to drop or the light to come on. If so, you should then start to appreciate the exciting and rewarding nature of research.