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SO916 - Quantitative Methods in Social Research

  • Module code: SO916
  • Module name: Quantitative Methods in Social Research
  • Department: Sociology
  • Credit: 20

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to develop practical quantitative research methods skills, and a critical appreciation of such methods. The module covers the collection or generation of primary quantitative data, the secondary analysis of data from large-scale surveys, and the interpretation of existing data sources or published data, including official statistics. The evaluation of existing research instruments and the development and design of new questionnaires are discussed, as are the conceptual and contextual factors determining the meaning and value of quantitative data.

Principal learning outcomes

The module aims to develop the ability of students to interpret published statistical analyses and also to carry out their own analyses, including multivariate analyses. There are a number of ‘hands-on’ computing sessions, in which SPSS for Windows is used to manipulate and analyse data. The statistical techniques considered within the module, and applied using SPSS, range from basic descriptive and inferential statistics, such as cross-tabulations and chi-square, to multivariate techniques, such as logistic regression.

Timetabled teaching activities

Weekly seminars

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: SO916-20)
A1 (Assessed work only) 1st 750 word essay 15%
  2nd 750 word essay 15%
  1st 1000 word essay 20%
  2nd 1000 word essay 20%
  1500 word essay 30%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Postgraduate Taught Social Research (L3PE) - Year 2
Optional Core


  • Postgraduate Taught Social and Political Thought (L3P8) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Sociology (L3PD) - Year 2
  • Taught Postgraduate Science, Media and Public Policy (L3PV) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Gender and International Development (M9P7) - Year 2