15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The course will introduce uses of quantitative research in the social sciences. This unit introduces basic statistical concepts such as sampling, distributions, hypothesis testing and descriptive statistics. It then goes on to bivariate statistics such as correlation and cross-tabulation along with relevant statistical tests. Students then move on to multivariate statistical analysis using regression based techniques. Students will become familiar with the key role that secondary data analysis now plays in the social sciences. Students will gain proficiency in using the statistical software package SPSS.

Teaching Methods: Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Project/ portfolio

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK