Fundamentals of Data Collection and Analysis

What will you learn


This module will provide you with an overview of existing data products and an understanding of the data collection landscape. Students will become familiar with different approaches to research and methods of inquiry and will learn to employ an array of research techniques related to citing sources, reading and reviewing literature, data collection and analysis, etc. 

Course Syllabus:

Module 1: Getting Started

  • About the course
  • About your instructor
  • What you need to succeed


Module 2: What is data?

  • Data and Management of Data
  • Structured and Unstructured Data
  • Data in Motion
  • Managing Big Data


Module 3: Data Collection 

  • Secondary Data
  • Primary Data
  • Collecting Primary Data Through Observation
  • Collecting Data Through Interviews
  • Video: Collecting Primary Data Using Interviews
  • Recording Data
  • Questioning
  • Collecting Primary Data Using Questionnaires
  • Data Management and Integrity
  • Quiz


Module 4: Data Selection

  • Intro
  • Considerations/issues in data selection
  • Types/Sources of Data
  • Methodological Procedures to Obtain a Representative Sample
  • Selection of Proper Instruments
  • Data Collection Accuracy
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • Quiz


Module 5: Data Analysis

  • Intro
  • Considerations/issues in data analysis
  • Skills to Analyze
  • Reliability and Validity
  • Extent of Analysis
  • Quiz  


Module 6: Research Analysis

  • The Selection of a Research Approach
  • The Three Approaches to Research
  • Qualitative Research
  • Quantitative Research
  • Video: Quantitative vs. Qualitative
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Video: Mixed Methods Research


Besnik Skenderi

1-2 week

14 hours of effort


Progress at your own speed

FREE for KosLift students

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