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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

The teaching on the course will be split between lectures, tutorials and computer worksheets, with optional drop in sessions. Assessment will take place via an exam, some coursework and weekly online tests.

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
Examination  (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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