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1 Statistical concepts Module 1, Session 1

2 Objectives From this session participants will be able to: Outline the content of the set of modules in relation to their current duties. State their own objectives from this first module Explain what CAST is and compare its use with an ordinary statistics textbook

3 More Objectives with CAST Participants will also be able to: Navigate in CAST. In particular, be able to go to a specified page and then move from page to page. Manipulate any applet, by following the instructions within CAST. Use CAST, as a textbook, to learn or to reinforce statistical ideas. Distinguish between learning about a new piece of software, and using it.

4 Activities 1. This introduction 2. Introduction of all participants 3. Introduction to CAST electronic textbook 4. A statistical glossary 1. For when you need to remind yourself about terminology

5 Contents Background Why the course Use of computers Introductions Resource persons Participants Objectives of this sequence of courses Course content Evaluation A final Aim

6 Background Welcome Job involves Data: Qualitative and/or quantitative Data analysis? Training for NSS in different countries? Training in statistics should prepare for this Assumes basic concepts understood Familiarity with basic computer knowledge for statistics This first course is to reinforce these assumptions

7 Why the course Because of the central role that statistics plays in development through the sectors and agencies at district, national and international levels. The statistical policy, which emphasises the role of district, national and regional organisations in developing and maintaining coherent, effective and efficient National Statistical Systems (NSS) in each country.

8 Introductions Resource persons Participants within institutions Name, Background, Organisation, Duties, Expectations (what are your expectations of this training/)

9 Course Objectives Overall, Provide a solid foundation: For improved data processing skills and For further training in data analysis and statistical software. (There is a sequence of courses – This is partly a level the playing field course )

10 Specific Objectives To expose participants to Basic Statistics Concepts; In descriptive statistics Later courses concentrate on statistical modelling To expose participants to various software packages including: Effective use of Excel for statistics – SSC-Stat Needed for good communications, and maybe for yourselves? CAST – an electronic textbook

11 Specific Objectives Contd To equip participants with skills to use Excel effectively for statistics To improve simple data management skills To enhance teamwork and improve communication skills and competences. If project work undertaken

12 Style of instruction Concepts are taught in a non- mathematical way With a minimum of formulae A practical approach is integrated with the use of computers This applies to all the modules

13 Style of instruction (cont.) How Slide presentations Demonstrations Practicals Discussions

14 Training materials File with printed materials Overview, Timetable PowerPoint Slides with space for comments Practical exercises Excel guide Excel Add-in CAST electronic text book

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