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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA2002: Quantitative Research with Microsoft Excel

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Overview

NQF Level 5
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lewys Brace (Convenor)

Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

Available via distance learning

No

‘Violent crime is up by 10%!’ ‘Opinion polls suggest Tory landslide!’ ‘Barbeques cause cancer!’ These are just some of the types of quantitative research findings that we see reported in the media. But how do we know that these statistics are sound? Could the design of the studies be flawed? And, as a student, how do you go about designing robust surveys or experiments yourself and analysing the results? This module introduces you to the key concepts in quantitative design and data collection. It then builds on these to show you how to analyse this data confidently using Microsoft Excel.

Employers value highly skills such as how to collect, interpret and present quantitative data. This module is suitable for all social science students. Absolutely no prior knowledge of statistics is needed.

Module created

06/01/2021

Last revised

06/01/2021