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TRAINING COURSES AND INFORMATION SEMINARS
The following courses will be available in the Victorian office for the remainder of the 2011 calendar year:
Understanding Demographic Data - 18 August ($710)
This one day interactive workshop on demographic statistics provides an overview of demographic data, with information on sources, methods of collection and production, and quality issues. Practical exercises using tools for demographic analysis are included, covering contemporary social and economic issues, population dynamics such as population momentum and ageing, and individual components of population growth (births/fertility, deaths/mortality, migration).
Analysing Survey Data Made Simple - 30–31 August ($990)
This two-day, computer-based course develops basic practical skills in statistical and graphical data analysis techniques using Microsoft Excel. It shows participants how to:
Running Your Own Survey - 11–12 October ($990)
The aim of this course is to give a broad overview of all facets of survey development. The course covers planning for a survey (including developing survey objectives), collection methods, errors in surveys, sample design and sample size, questionnaire development, data processing and reporting results, maintaining confidentiality, and managing the risks associated with surveys.
Principles of Questionnaire Design - 17–18 October ($990)
A well-designed questionnaire is vital for collecting high quality data. The aim of this course is to provide participants with an awareness and understanding of questionnaire design principles. The course covers selecting collection methodologies, developing survey questions, designing questionnaire layout and testing the questionnaire.
Turning Data Into Information - 8–9 November ($990)
This course aims to equip participants with a range of statistical tools and techniques to analyse data in the context of a research question or an issue. It also aims to enhance participants' understanding of data, its scope and limitations, the strengths and weaknesses of various analytical techniques in applying them to data to draw out the story. Statistical writing is covered to a limited extent.
Making Quality Informed Decisions - 15 November ($710)
This course is intended to assist people to make effective use of a Data Quality Framework (DQF) to understand in a systematic way the level of quality associated with a dataset. It focuses on the use of the DQF in framing a data need, evaluating existing datasets and hence identifying the limitations of those data sources. It will also equip participants with the skills to apply that understanding when making a decision by using appropriate risk management principles.
For further information on ABS statistical training go to the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. Select 'Services' then ABS Training. Course descriptions are available on the ABS Training: Course Profiles page, and registration forms can be downloaded from the ABS Training: Registration and Contacts page. Additional sessions may be scheduled according to demand.
For courses listed above, Esther Cramer (03 9615 7904) is ABS Victoria's training contact, or email queries/registrations to <email@example.com>.