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Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences ( 6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL)


Leader: TBA

Clayton First semester 2006 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit is a practical introduction to quantitative social research methods that are currently experiencing a revival in the social sciences. The topics include: research design, data collection (including sampling theory) and data analysis (understanding and using univariate and bivariate statistics, validity and tests of statistical significance). Multivariate statistics will only be briefly touched upon. The level of mathematics is not very high, but students will need to be able to work comfortably with simple formulae, graphs and tables, and to operate a calculator.

Objectives: Students who complete this unit: 1.Will understand the changing and important role of a range of quantitative methods in the social sciences; 2.Will develop analytical skills in research design, data collection and analysis in order to critically interpret data; 3.Be able to undertake an independent sociological research project and write a research report that will include research design, data collection and analysis.

Assessment: 1.Minor practical assignment (1000 words): 25%; 2.Research report (2500 words): 50%; 3.Exam (1 hour): 25%

Contact Hours: 1 two-hour seminar per week

Prerequisites: First year sequence or permission