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QS905 - Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods

  • Module code: QS905
  • Module name: Fundamentals in Quantitative Research Methods
  • Department: Politics and International Studies
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

• To introduce students to the literature making use of applied statistics; • To introduce students to foundational data management and to the use of applied statistics in the social sciences; • To prepare students to attend further statistical training, and to make use of statistics in future research works, such as their master’s dissertation.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be able to: • Conceptualise research problems rigorously; • Make use of a variety of available data; • Understand the principles of statistical description and inference, statistical tests, statistical control and OLS regression; • Select, perform, interpret and present a range of univariate, bivariate or multivariate statistical and graphical methods relevant to their research project; • Critically engage with quantitative social and political science literature; • Have some experience of a standard statistical software, such as R.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures are typically scheduled to Wednesdays, 10-11 am, starting week 1 (Timetabled Teaching Activities are not finalised until September). You must also attend 1 x 2 hour Seminar each week (you will choose your seminar slot at the start of term).

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/q-step/study/modules/qs905/

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: QS905-20)
A (Assessed work only) Summative Essay (4500 words) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Postgraduate Big Data and Digital Futures (L990) - Year 2
Optional Core
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies with (with NTU Singapore) (M91P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universität Konstanz, Germany) (M92P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Studies (with Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) (M93P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Journalism, Politics and International Studies (with Monash University) (M94P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Politics and International Service (with American University, Washington DC) (M95P) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96N) - Year 2
  • Double MA in Global Governance (with University of Waterloo, Canada) (M96P) - Year 2
  • MA in Research in Politics and International Studies (M9PU) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Politics and International Studies: Big Data and Quantitative Methods (M9PY) - Year 2
Optional
  • Postgraduate Urban Informatics and Analytics (L99C) - Year 2