Course Description

CPD in Social Data Analysis

Trinity College Dublin

This CPD teaches students how to apply quantitative methods to conduct causal impact analysis using data. In particular, students will learn how econometric methods can be used to answer questions related to human behaviour and strategic decision-making with the help of regression based econometric methods.

With the help of this course, participants will engage with advanced techniques to analyse data and to distinguish a causality link from a simple correlation. We will do it by looking both at the theoretical side and at the most recent application. Being able to identify causality links represents a crucial skill for a person interested in understanding the data that today’s world produces.

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Determine which methods can be used to analyse different datasets for addressing questions relevant to the social sciences.
  • Critically assess findings of studies that apply these methods.
  • Design their own randomised experiments.
  • Conduct their own causal regression analysis using the statistical software package R.

What Topics will you Cover?

The CPD focuses on applied causal regression analysis providing an understanding of econometric methods for use with big data. In particular, the course covers regression-based evaluation methods to assess the casual relationships between different factors at play.

These include the use of panel data, difference-in-differences estimation, matching and regression discontinuity designs, randomised experiments, and natural or quasi-experiments.

The CPD has an applied focus, demonstrating the use of these methods with practical applications using the statistical software package R and referring to examples from recent studies that apply those methods to answer key questions in the social sciences.

Who is this Course For?

Participants are often working in the IT, finance, and banking sectors. Participants are expected to have basic computer skills and some quantitative experience through prior training in statistics, such as degree or equivalent experience.

Who Teaches the Course?

Assistant Professor Nicola Fontana, Department of Economics, School of Social Sciences and Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin.

Time, Date, and Place

The CPD will be delivered over six weeks, online, with a one-hour live lecture each week, along with recorded lectures released in advance. Additionally, participants are expected to undertake 20 hours of self-study over the course of the programme to review the material provided. Students will give presentations on their research during the last week of the module.

On successful completion of the CPD, students will receive a Certificate of Completion. In order to be awarded the Certificate of Completion in Social Data Analysis, participants will need to have delivered the final presentation.

For more information, you can download our Course Brochure.

Dublin, Ireland
College Name Trinity College Dublin
Course Category Computers & IT (Information Technology), IT Data Analytics
Course Type Online Learning
Course Location Dublin, Ireland
Location Postcode Dublin 2
Course Fee 1,500
Course Duration The CPD will be delivered over six weeks, online, with a one-hour live lecture each Tuesday from 6pm-7pm, along with recorded lectures released in advance. The course runs from Tuesday 3rd October to Tuesday 14th November.
Course Times The course runs as a one-hour live lecture each Tuesday from 6pm-7pm, along with recorded lectures released in advance.
Awarding Body Trinity College Dublin
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Trinity College Dublin

01 872 2853
College Green, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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