15 Credits SPRING

Cannot be taken with: SMI601

Aims/Description: The course will introduce more advanced uses of multivariate statistics in the social sciences. This unit then covers several methods that are often employed in comparative sociology and social policy. These will include: Cluster analysis; Factor analysis; Regression (including Ordinary Least Squares and Logistic Regression). Students will undertake a small secondary data analysis project of their own devising for assessment. It is expected that students will have some previous experience (e.g., at undergraduate level) of SPSS and basic statistics.

Restrictions on availability: SCST88/9 students who wish to take this module as an option must have a suitable statistical background. Requests to join the module must be approved by the module convenor.

Staff Contact: Dr Mark Tomlinson
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK