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MASTERS DEGREE PROGRAMMES

COSC 801: COMPUTER USE AND APPLICATION IN RESEARCH

COURSE PURPOSE: To equip students with skills that enable them to research with the help of a computer.

EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

By the end of the course, students should be able to;

  • Use a word processing program
  • Use a spreadsheet program for data tabulation and analysis
  • Prepare a powerpoint presentation
  • Use latex for referencing and document formatting
  • Use a spreadsheet excel for data tabulation and analysis
  • Use SPSS commands for data entry,manipulation and analysis
  • Use a web-browser and email software to access internet
  • Use a search engine to search for authoritative research content

COURSE CONTENT:

General introduction to microcomputers, operating systems, document formatting using word processors ,document presentation using presentation software,Documentation and referencing systems, .Data tabulation and analysis using excel  spreadsheet and SPSS;graphs, sorting. Basic commands in SPSS for data entry, manipulation and analysis, testing hypothesis, parametric and non-parametric tests, multivariate analysis, factors analysis, description analysis and cluster analysis. Internetapplication in research; search engines and searching techniques, email and elearning systems.

TEACHING AND LEARNING METHODS

Lectures, practicals, group discussions, demonstration

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT

Projector, elearning platform ,Computer with ms-office,Hand-outs  and Felt Pens.

EVALUATION

Assessment Marks
CAT’s & Assignment 40%
Final exam 60%
Pass Mark 50%

REFERENCES

  • Microsoft office concepts by Palmer Michael and Robert Bruce fourth edition
  • Microsoft office business applications by Stampler David 5th edition
    • Misty Vermaat (2013), Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013: A Fundamental Combined Approach, Cengage learning.
    • Statistical Analysis Quick Reference Guidebook: With SPSS ExamplesPaperback– August 10, 2006 by Alan C. ElliottWayne A. Woodward
    • "The TeXbook" by Donald E. Knuth, ISBN 0-201-13448-9, published jointly by the American Mathematical Society and Addison-Wesley Publishing Company.
    • L. Botway and C. Biemesderfer, "LaTeX Command Summary" published by the TeX Users Group, Providence, RI is a good companion.
    • A. Diller, "LaTeX Line by Line", published by Wiley.

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