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SO5523: QUANTITATIVE SOCIOLOGY: PHILOSOPHY & METHODS (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


Course Overview

All researchers need to understand quantitative research, not only those who carry it out themselves. Everyone comes across quantitative research in literature reviews and even in the press. In this course students will acquire an understanding of the most common quantitative methods they are likely to use or come across in published sociological research. The module will encompass different types of quantitative study and address issues such as when quantitative methods are appropriate, how quantitative questions are formulated, research design, sampling (both online and offline), scale construction, reliability and validity and ethical practices in quantitative research and design.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Bernadette Hayes

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Introduce students to a range of methods used in quantitative research in the social sciences, including research design (both experimental and survey), sampling (online and offline), the formulation of hypotheses and the operationalisation of key concepts, questionnaire and scale construction, issues of reliability and validity, focus groups, and access to secondary sources.


Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

2 essays (3,000 words) worth 50% each.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Feedback

None.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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