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Course Overview

The course utilises secondary sources to demonstrate approaches to data analysis of social surveys.  It provides a review of techniques suited to different data types, including categorical data in the form of tables and 'yes' and 'no' outcomes in multivariate analysis.  The course makes comparisons among social groups and between societies in cross-sectional and longitudinal designs that include control, moderating and mediating factors in explanatory models.  Students identify a topic and undertake their own analysis of a secondary data source to produce two research reports.  Those two report comprise the total assessment for the course.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Christopher Kollmeyer

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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Course Description

The course utilises secondary survey sources to demonstrate approaches to quantitative data analysis and the practical application of range of analysis techniques suited to different types of data. The course begins with a review of descriptive techniques for analysis, including cross-tabulations and the use of control variables, and progresses to the use of multivariate techniques, including regression analysis. The course includes consideration of comparisons among social groups and between societies, longitudinal data analysis and moderating and mediating factors in explanatory models. Analysis of secondary survey data is undertaken by means of SPSS for Windows. The results of students’ own analyses of secondary data take the form of two research reports. which comprises the total assessment for the course.

Further Information & Notes

Analyses use SPSS for Windows.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

100% in-course continuous assessment by means of two assignments.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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