STAT1003 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
The aims of this course are to: • Introduce you to quantitative methods used in the social sciences, including both descriptive statistics and elementary inferential statistics • Enable you to use these methods and to understand other people’s use of them • Introduce you to some key national and international sources of social science data.
Aims and Objectives
Understand and apply basic methods of descriptive and inferential statistics
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Apply computing skills (in the use of a spreadsheet package).
- Apply writing skills (in writing up your work for the assignment).
- Use a computer spreadsheet to analyse data and to produce appropriate graphs
- Apply quantitative methods to analyse social science data and to understand other people’s use of these methods
- Use critical thinking through independent learning and study
• Types of Data and Making/Using Tables • Graphical Methods • Averages and Percentiles • Measures of Spread and Inequality • Transforming Data • Correlation • The Normal Distribution • Samples and Sampling Distributions • Confidence Intervals • Simple Hypothesis Tests
For referrals the original coursework and test marks will be carried forward, but will be weighted half of the original weight (i.e. the written assignment will be worth 12.5%, the tests 7.5%), with the examination worth 80% of the final mark.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching on the course will be split between lectures, tutorials and computer workshops, with optional drop in sessions. Assessment will take place via an exam, some coursework and weekly online tests.
|Total study time||150|
Resources & Reading list
Beginning Statistics by Foster.
For the weekly tests, the best 6 out of 9 marks will be used for the final mark
|Exam (2 hours)||60%|
|Weekly online exercises||15%|
|Exam (2 hours)||75%|
Repeat type: Internal & External