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RESM6204 Quantitative Methods I (EDUC)

Module Overview

Quantitative Methods I provides an introduction to the use of statistical methods for the analysis of quantitative data and their practical application in a range of disciplinary contexts using the statistical computer software SPSS. This will include both descriptive statistics and elementary inferential statistics.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To provide an introduction to the use of statistical methods for the analysis of quantitative data and their application in a range of disciplinary contexts. This will include both descriptive statistics and elementary inferential statistics. The emphasis will be on the practical application of statistical methods and the interpretation of results using the statistical computer software SPSS. The module will draw on a range of international and UK data sources

Syllabus

This module gives a broad introduction to quantitative methods of analysis. Indicative content includes: descriptive statistics, presentation of data using tables and graphs, the Normal distribution, sampling distributions and the central limit theorem, confidence intervals, hypothesis tests for means and proportions, chi-squared test of independence, two sample t-tests, one-way ANOVA, nonparametric tests, correlation and simple linear regression, effect sizes. In addition, some key international and UK data sources will be introduced.

Special Features

This module is one of the ESRC DTC’s seven research methods modules. The modules are taught by leading experts from across Academic Units and Faculties. This co-ordinated research methods training programme brings together students from across the faculties of Human and Social Sciences, Humanities and Health Sciences. The module will include an introduction to the statistical software SPSS.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching will be through a combination of multidisciplinary lectures, tutorials, and computer workshops. Learning activities will include learning in lectures, which will cover explanations of the statistical methods and their use, discussing problems during the tutorials, as well as by independent study. The computer workshops will provide hands-on experience of the analysis of data and the application of the methods introduced in the lectures using SPSS. The course assumes no prior knowledge of statistical methods or SPSS, although pre-reading of Diamond and Jefferies (2001) or Garner (2005) would be of benefit.

TypeHours
Independent Study150
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Diamond, I. and Jefferies, J. (2001). Beginning Statistics. 

Diamond, I. and Jefferies, J. (2001). Beginning Statistics.. 

Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 

Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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