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STAT1003 Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Module Overview

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. Pre-requisite for STAT2009 One of the pre-requisites for ECON1004 and PSYC3010

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

If full face to face teaching has not resumed, teaching will be delivered by a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous online methods, which may include lectures, quizzes, discussion boards, workshop activities, exercises, and videos. A range of resources will also be provided for further self-directed study. Face-to-face teaching opportunities will be explored depending on circumstances and feasibility.

Independent Study109
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Beginning Statistics by Foster. 


Assessment Strategy

For the weekly tests, the best 6 out of 9 marks will be used for the final mark


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessment  (2 hours) 60%
Weekly online exercises 15%
Written assignment 25%


MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 25%
Examination  (2 hours) 75%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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