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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA3002: Quantitative Research with Microsoft Excel

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


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Lewys Brace (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


‘Violent crime is up by 10%!’ ‘Opinion polls suggest Tory landslide!’ ‘Barbeques cause cancer!’ These are just some of the types of quantitative research that we see 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 therefore suitable for all social science students. Absolutely no prior knowledge of statistics is needed.

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