Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM086: Quantitative Data Analysis

This module descriptor refers to the 2020/1 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits30 ECTS Value15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Oliver James (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


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.

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