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Seminar 2 - Experimental Design

Seminar Overview

Date, venue and booking

The Focus of the Session:


Choosing data collections methods and experiments is an essential part of planning an empirical research project. It is crucial to draw on statistical thinking at this stage or there is a risk that too few or inappropriate data are gathered. Experimental design is a key step in highly structured data collection, but its thinking and imperatives apply much widely across qualitative as well as quantitative research.

Designed experiments are used in industry, agriculture, medicine and many other areas of activity to test hypotheses, to learn about processes and to predict future responses. The purpose of experimentation is to determine the relationship between a response variable and the settings of a number of experimental variables which are presumed to affect it. Experimental design is the discipline of determining the number and order (spatial or temporal) of experimental runs, and the setting of the experimental variables.


Who is it for?

This series is open to Research Assistants/Post Docs/Research Fellows, etc (ie. all staff doing research).

Session Objectives:

By the end of the session you will have:

  • gained a greater understanding of experimental design
  • gained an appreciation of the role of experimental design in your research.

11th October

12.00pm - 2.00pm

Room 1, Wolfson Research Exchange

Third floor, Library.

Book a place.

Catering provided

Tea/coffee/water on arrival, plus a bag lunch for your convenience: complete the lunch details on the booking form.

Any questions?

Contact Lisa Lavender
Learning and Development Centre