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

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


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.


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


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

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

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