The university provides not only the basic infrastructures and workstations, but also advanced research tools to assist the research team to conduct various projects. One of which is the computer laboratory, where massive social survey research can be conducted through licensed software.
The IDS Computer Laboratory is equipped with over 20 networked computers which are installed with research and statistical software such as Mathematica and SPSS for sophisticated data analysis. Research trainings for advanced computational research skills in multi disciplines are also organized by the laboratory. The laboratory serves to facilitate the research activities in multi disciplines and provide a platform for nurturing future research leaders in the University.
The university adopted SPSS to analyse the researched statistics in advance.SPSS Statistics is a software package used for logical batched and non-batched statistical analysis; it made difficult analytical tasks easier through advances in usability and data access, and enabled research teams to benefit from the use of quantitative techniques. The software is now popular in other fields as well, including the health sciences and marketing. The software’s success has been based upon its ability to demonstrate the very real benefits that the use of SPSS technology provides. Underlying this ability is the collective conviction that analysing data, and incorporating the results into the decision-making process, leads to better decisions.
On the other hand, SPSS is a widely used for statistical analysis in social science. It is also used by market researchers, health researchers, survey companies, government, education researchers, marketing organizations, data miners, and others. In addition to statistical analysis, data management (case selection, file reshaping, creating derived data) and data documentation (a metadata dictionary was stored in the data file) are features of the base software.
At the centre, the university adopted Wolfram Mathematica (usually termed Mathematica, Mathematica software suite). The software is a mathematical symbolic computation program used in many scientific fields. It is ideal for communicating scientific ideas, whether visualization of a concept in an introductory level course or creating a simulation of a new idea related to research. It is, therefore, a very useful tool in assisting the research works.
At the centre, the university adopted CATI to conduct mass interviews/surveys. CATI refers to the computer-assisted telephone interviewing software, which conducts telephone surveying in the way that the interviewer follows a script provided by the software application. For example, a computerised questionnaire is administered to respondents over the telephone. The interviewer sits in front of a computer screen. Upon command, the computer dials the telephone number to be called. When contact is made, the interviewer reads the questions posed on the computer screen and records the respondent's answers directly into the computer. Interim and update reports can be compiled instantaneously, as the data are being collected. There are many advantages of adopting the software in conducting survey, one of which is that the structured system of microdata collection by telephone speeds up the collection and editing of microdata which can enhance the efficiency of the whole research project; on the other hand, the software also permits the interviewer to inform the respondents/interviewees on the value of on-time and accurate data. One of the features of the software is to customise the flow of the questionnaire which is based on the answers provided, as well as information already known about the participants; also, the program personalised answers that is not logically correct, which in return enhance the effectiveness of conducting the research projects.
Basic Office software
After all, many of the research projects require no special tools apart from the basic office software, by which the researchers can translate their ideas and findings into well-presented works. In the view of that, there are basic office software programs provided by the university to assist the research teams conducting and organizing the research projects. The licensed office software offered a various of applications for the purpose of word editing and data entries, such as Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint.