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SL5513: ADVANCED QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS IN SOCIAL SCIENCE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


Course Overview

This course familiarises students with quantitative research techniques commonly used in the social sciences. It begins by covering the basic concepts underlying quantitative methods and the fundamental statistical techniques used for analysing relationships between two variables.  The main part of the course focuses on multiple regression analysis, perhaps the most widely used technique in quantitative social science research. Students gain practical knowledge by undertaking two research reports to assess a substantive topic of their choosing. 

Course Details

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

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course familiarises students with quantitative research techniques commonly used in the social sciences. The first part of the course covers fundamental statistical concepts, the basic logic underlying quantitative methods, and simple techniques for analysing relationships between two variables.  The second part of the course focuses on multiple regression analysis, perhaps the most widely used technique in quantitative social science research.  Students learn which regression techniques are appropriate for given types of data and how to implement these techniques using the software programme SPSS. In terms of assessment, students identify a substantive topic and undertake a quantitative analysis to generate two research reports.  These reports comprise the total assessment for the course.


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 34, 38 - 40

More Information about Week Numbers


Details, including assessment, may be subject to change until 31 July 2022 for 1st half-session courses and 23 December 2022 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Research report (30%) 2750 words

Research report (40%) 4000 words

Weekly computer-lab work (30%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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