Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) is a statistical methodology that is widely used by researchers in the social, behavioral, educational and business sciences. SEM is a combination of psychometrics and econometrics. On the psychometric side, SEM allows for latent variables with multiple indicators. On the econometric side, SEM allows for multiple equations. Structural equation models allow both confirmatory and exploratory modeling, meaning they are well suited to both theory testing and theory development.

The course will enable you to use AMOS and/or Mplus for path analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and full structural models. You will learn how to interpret the output, and how to modify models when appropriate. 

The course is run by Dr Daniel Boduszek who has applied SEM techniques in his numerous publications. The Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU) will also invite Associate Members to lead the training.

Course outline

  1. Why and when Structural Equation Modelling is used
  2. Theoretical Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling
  3. Introduction to Mplus and/or Amos environment
  4. Confirmatory Factor Analysis in Mplus and/or Amos
  5. Model specification, model fit, and model modification
  6. Structural Equation Modelling in Mplus and/or Amos
  7. Interpretation and reporting SEM output for publication purpose
  8. Practical session

Who should attend?

The course is designed for researchers and postgraduate students who are engaged in research with large data sets. The prerequisite for taking this seminar is basic knowledge of regression analysis. Researchers from economics, public health, epidemiology, psychology, sociology, social work, medical research, education, and similar disciplines are welcome.

Why Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit?

  • We know that learning statistical analysis can be a daunting and unpleasant experience at times. This is why we present complicated procedures in a simple way, avoiding jargon and confusing mathematical formulas at all costs! We teach researchers everything they need to know about structural modelling in order to finish their projects in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where they are helped and encouraged every step of the way.
  • The uniqueness of Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit is the focus on the practical application of SEM, not mathematical procedures.
  • Dr Daniel Boduszek and Associate Members of QRM-TU have an extensive experience in application of SEM techniques which is demonstrated by their research outputs.
  • The course is delivered by means of lectures and practical sessions. All analyses are conducted under supervision of Dr Daniel Boduszek and three tutors (Dr Susie Kola, Dr Katie Dhingra, and Ms Kathryn Sharratt) to maximise learning outcomes (we offer a 1:5 instructor student ratio). Each course concludes with a question and answer session, and there is always the opportunity for participants to discuss their own studies with the tutors.


The Quantitative Research Methods Training Unit (QRM-TU), Ramsden Building, University of Huddersfield.

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