Researcher Integrity

Excel: Working with Data

MS Excel is one of the most widely used data analysis programmes. This workshop will get you up to speed with using and manipulating spreadsheet data. You will learn how to build and revise formulae, sort and print data and much more. Familiarity with the Windows environment is recommended.

Course Code: RSDA 6202

RDF Domain: A1-2, C2

Target Group: All PGRs

Duration: 3 hours online OR 3 hours on campus

Introduction to Endnote

EndNote is the reference manager supported by the University.  This course will show you how to use EndNote Desktop. You will learn how to create a Library, insert references, manage references and produce a bibliography. You must have downloaded EndNote Desktop onto your computer before the course. Basic computing skills and a knowledge of Word are also required.

Course Code: RSDA 6201

RDF Domain: A1, B2, C2

Target Group: All PGRs

Duration: 3 hours online OR 3 hours on campus

Introduction to NVivo

NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package. This workshop will introduce you to the main features of the software which allows users to classify, sort and arrange thousands of pieces of information; examine complex relationships in the data; and combine subtle analysis with linking, shaping, searching and modelling. Instructions on how to access NVivo will be sent in advance of the workshop. Please bring a laptop with NVivo access already set up to this workshop.

Course Code: RSDA 6206

RDF Domain: A2, C2

Target Group: All PGRs

Format: 3 hours online OR 3 hours on campus

Introduction to OneNote

OneNote is a free-form note taking and information management tool supplied as part of Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of applications. It is a highly effective tool for keeping all your research notes together.

This course gives a basic introduction to the functionality of OneNote including:

  • adding content to notes
  • including screen clippings, images, audio, and video
  • searching notes quickly and efficiently
  • using tags to structure note taking
  • organising your notes using Sections, Pages and Subpages
  • converting Images to searchable text
  • using templates to create well structured notes

Course Code: RSDA 6210

RDF Domain: A2, C2

Target Group: All PGRs

Format: 2.5 hours online OR 2.5 hours on campus

Introduction to Project Management

This course provides a basic introduction to project management techniques that will help you with the planning your PhD. It will introduce you to basic theories of project management; useful digital tools for planning your research; how to map and report your research to stakeholders such as your supervisor and other project partners; how to plan for risk and other issues arising to ensure your project is successful; and how to successfully close out your project. There will be short practical planning exercises to give you experience of the process, and guidance on priority focus areas across years 1-3 of your PhD.

Course Code: RSDC 6001

RDF Domain: B1-2, C1-2, D1

Target Group: Year 1 PGRs

Format: 3 hours online OR 3 hours in person

Introduction to Python Programming

This course is an introduction to simple programming in Python for non-programmers. The course which will enable you to write simple programs to manipulate and analyse data.

By the end you will be able to:

  • Understand what a computer program is
  • use the IDLE Shell and Editor windows
  • write a simple print script
  • run a Python script from the command prompt
  • include comments in Python scripts
  • assign values to variables Use arithmetic operators in Python
  • use If statements in Python
  • use For and While Loops in Python
  • manipulate text using Python Open
  • save text based files within a Python script

Instructions on how to access Python will be sent in advance of the workshop. Please bring a laptop with Python access already set up with you to this programme.

Course Code: RSDA 6205

RDF Domain: A2, C2

Target Group: All PGRs

Format: 9 hours, split over 3 workshops (3 hours each) online OR on campus

Introduction to Qualtrics

Qualtrics is the University of Glasgow preferred online platform for doing survey research.  It enables you to collect and analyse many kinds of digital data. In this workshop you will learn the basics of creating, distributing, and viewing survey results. It will cover the basics of how to navigate the platform, how to design and format question types, and how to use the data analysis features. This workshop is introductory and is aimed at people with little or no experience with Qualtrics. 

You have access to Qualtrics through your MyGlasgow account.

Course Code: RSDA 6216

RDF Domain: A1, C1, C2

Target Group: All PGRs

Format: 3 hours online OR 3 hours on campus

Introduction to SPSS

SPSS is a statistical package particularly suited to evaluating social science and survey data. In this course you will learn about the variety of user interfaces, data and command files, graphical representation of data and the philosophy behind the package.  A familiarity of computing and statistical procedures is advised. Instructions on how to access SPSS will be sent in advance of the workshop. You will be expected to ensure you have access before attending.

Course Code: RSDA 6207

RDF Domain: A2, C2

Target Group: All PGRs

Format: 2.5 hours online OR 2.5 hours on campus

Word: Creating a Thesis

At the end of your research you will prepare the lengthy, complex documents that is your thesis or dissertation. You can make these final months much easier by setting up your document templates well from the start. This highly practical 2-part course covers in depth the tools within MS Word 2016 that automate the creation of high-quality documents. You will learn how to set up and use templates based on university guidelines, create automatic tables (such as tables of contents/figures/tables) and create and apply styles to make your final thesis effortlessly elegant.

Course Code: RSDA 6203

RDF Domain: A3, D2

Target Group: All PGRs

Format: 6 hours, split over 2 workshops (3 hours each) online OR on campus

Writing a Data Management Plan with DMPOnline

The University and most funding bodies require researchers who collect data as part of their work to write a Data Management Plan (DMP). These typically state what data will be created and how, and outline the plans for sharing and preservation, noting what is appropriate given the nature of the data and any restrictions that may need to be applied. The University of Glasgow recommends that researchers use DMPonline, a flexible web-based tool, to create DMPs. The course will provide guidance on using DMPonline and an introduction to data management planning. You will have an opportunity to draft a DMP with support from instructors. This course is intended for researchers who are at a stage of their projects where they are ready to produce a Data Management Plan. It is recommended that you first complete the online training here.

Course Code: RSDC 6030

RDF Domain: B1-2, C1-2

Target Group: All PGRs.

Format: 1 hour online