Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1008: Introduction to Social Data

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:

  • Introduction:  What is quantitative research?
  • Populations and samples
  • Social surveys
  • Correlation and causation
  • Experiments in the social science
  • Measurement. Reliability and validity in social science research
  • Basic descriptive statistics and data analysis

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
28.5121.50

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity16.511 x 1.5 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activity126 x 2 hour seminars
Guided independent study33Course readings
Guided independent study60Reading for the take home exam
Guided Independent study28.5Preparation for the test

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

 

http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

 

 

Web based and electronic resources:

Electronic Library<http://as.exeter.ac.uk/library/resources/e-resources/elibrary/> and select the following resource subject: General or resource type: Reference resources (Sage Research Methods Online)