WORKING WITH THE SCC
Type of Assistance Provided
The SCC offers a broad range of services including:
We do not do data entry or tutoring.
- Advice on experimental design
- Guidance with Master's theses and Doctoral dissertations
- Statistical analysis
- Assistance with statistical software and programming
- Project management
- Data presentation
Who Can Use Our services?
Our services are available to students and faculty of San Diego State University, and to industry, businesses, and individuals outside of the university.
- For university clients:
The initial consultation is free. Subsequent visits and analyses will be billed at an hourly rate. By mutual agreement, alternative forms of compensation may take the place of hourly billing.
For university clients with limited budgets and fewer time constraints, statistical analysis can be handled by graduate students in the statistical Consulting course.
- For external clients:
Initial consultation and subsequent analyses will both be billed at an hourly rate. Current rates may be obtained by calling the co-directors.
Timeline for Projects
It is important to understand that very few consultations are resolved i the first meeting. This initial meeting is a chance for the SCC staff to become familiar with the research problem, after which we should be able to outline a course of action and provide an estimate of the time and cost involved.
With most projects, we will have results in 2-4 weeks, at which point we will
arrange a follow-up meeting to present the results. Occasionally, we will require three or more meetings, depending upon the depth and breadth of our involvement.
Preparing for the Initial Meeting
The more information you can provide about your project, the better we will be able to understand the problem. Examples of helpful information include:
We encourage you to contact us before data is collected. This way we can help develop a data collection plan that meets your time and budget needs and will yield statistically meaningful data.
- A written summary of the project
- A copy of your research proposal
- Tables or graphs summarizing your data
- A diagram of proposed experimental design or sampling technique
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