The University of Southampton
Social Sciences: Social Statistics & DemographyPart of Social SciencesPostgraduate study

STAT6099 Research Skills

Module Overview

Research Skills

Aims and Objectives

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Conventions and best practice in written and oral presentation
  • How to summarise scientific material and results of research clearly and present them in an appropriate form to a range of audiences
  • Producing actual examples of good oral and written communication skills

Transferable and Generic

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to:

  • Written and oral presentation especially of statistical material
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem framing and solving
  • Presenting statistical advice and recommendations verbally and in writing


One component of this module focuses on report writing, appropriate organisation and written presentation of quantitative material, appopriate design and presentation of tables and graphs, scientific practice in relation to citation and referencing, and academic integrity.

A second component of the module teaches you how to communicate scientific material well in oral presentation, and gives you practice and video feedback on your presentation skills.

A third component covers statistical/demographic consulting.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods


Resources and reading list

J. E. Miller (2005). The Chicago Guide to Writing about Multivariate Analysis.Chicago: University of Chicago Press. (T11 MIL)

R. Hall (2007) Brilliant Presentation. Harlow: Pearson Prentice Hall. (HF 5718 HAL)

S. Goodlad (1990).  Speaking Technically.  Richmond: Biddles (T11 GOO)

G. Harvey (1998) Writing with Sources: A guide for students.Indianapolis: Hackett. (pamphlet 029.6 HAR)

J. Derr (2000). Statistical Consulting: A Guide to Effective Communication, Duxbury Press. (HA 29 DER)

Includes online tutorials on academic integrity and referencing.


Assessment methods

Assessment Method Hours % contribution to final mark Feedback
Coursework Report writing   60%
Coursework Oral presentation - pass compulsory: students repeat the presentation until they reach a satisfactory standard   %
Coursework Statistical/demographic consultancy   40%

Referral Method: If you fail the course, you will be asked to resubmit a revised version of the same coursework for the report-writing assessment and this will count for 80% of your final mark. You will not be required to resit the consultancy component – your original mark for the consultancy group assessment will be carried forward and count for 20% of your final mark.

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