Postgraduate Module Descriptor


POLM086: Quantitative Data Analysis

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Oliver James (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

The purpose of the module is to bring your quantitative skills to a level at which you can confidently use quantitative methods in   your research in social science. A good understanding of data collection, analysis and interpretation is essential for much empirical research in social science, as well as in the wider world. This module aims to complement other closely linked modules on research methods training in social science to deliver detailed methodological and technical knowledge of a wide range of quantitative analytical techniques. You will learn the strengths and weaknesses of descriptive and inferential statistics, mainly from a classical statistics perspective. The module examines descriptive measures at different levels of measurement (nominal, ordinal, interval and ration) with implications for analysis and are and issues of data collection and its relationship with observational and experimental research designs.

Module created

01/12/2013

Last revised

13/03/2014