# SOC2019: Introduction to quantitative research

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 academic year.

## Overview

NQF Level Credits 5 15 7.5 This module ran during term 1 (12 weeks) Dr Alexey Bessudnov (Lecturer) none none No

‘Violent crime is up by 10%!’ ‘Opinion polls suggest Tory landslide!’ ‘Barbeques cause cancer!’ These are just some of the types of quantitative research that we see in the media. But how do we know that these statistics are sound? Could the design of the studies be flawed? And, as a student, how do you go about designing robust surveys or experiments yourself and analysing the results? This module introduces you to the key concepts in quantitative design and data collection. It then builds on these to show you how to analyse this data confidently using the latest software.

Employers value highly skills such as how to collect, interpret and present quantitative data (e.g. percentages). This module is therefore suitable for all social science students. Absolutely no prior knowledge of statistics is needed. It will be particularly useful for students who want to conduct surveys or other quantitative data analysis for their third-year dissertation.

‘Violent crime is up by 10%!’ ‘Opinion polls suggest Tory landslide!’ ‘Barbeques cause cancer!’ These are just some of the types of quantitative research that we see in the media. But how do we know that these statistics are sound? Could the design of the studies be flawed? And, as a student, how do you go about designing robust surveys or experiments yourself and analysing the results? This module introduces you to the key concepts in quantitative design and data collection. It then builds on these to show you how to analyse this data confidently using the latest software.

Employers value highly skills such as how to collect, interpret and present quantitative data (e.g. percentages). This module is therefore suitable for all social science students. Absolutely no prior knowledge of statistics is needed. It will be particularly useful for students who want to conduct surveys or other quantitative data analysis for their third-year dissertation.

Module created Last revised 23/01/2012 01/02/2014