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Unit information: Principles of Quantitative Social Science in 2021/22

Unit name Principles of Quantitative Social Science
Unit code SOCI20069
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Sims
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


Understanding how to use, present and analyse data, select the right statistical test, interpret the results correctly and to communicate findings honestly and effectively are essential tools in social science, policy research and also in business and commerce. The aim of this research is to introduce students to the principles of statistical enquiry drawing on examples from social scientific research. It will also provide an introduction to the statistical software, SPSS. The unit forms part of the shared interdisciplinary pathway for students taking any of the '... with quantitative research methods' degree programmes in childhood studies, politics, social policy and sociology. It may be open to other students within those Schools.

Intended learning outcomes

On completing this unit the student will have knowledge and understanding of descriptive, inferential and relational statistics, the difference between parametric and non-parametric methods, methods of sampling, how to interpret the results of statistical analyses, how to use SPSS, and of some of the common sources of statistical dishonesty and error.

Teaching details

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Details

Portfolio of examples of data analysis (50%) Take-home exam (72 hours to complete) (50%)


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