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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SPA3002: Quantitative Research with Microsoft Excel

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following themes:

  • Research questions, variables and hypotheses.
  • Populations and samples.
  • Experiments in the social sciences.
  • Survey research and polls.
  • Descriptive statistics.
  • Data visualisation and graphs.
  • Correlation.

Lectures will be complemented by practical sessions which will focus on teaching hands-on skills including data entry and basic analysis using Microsoft Excel.

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled learning and teaching activities2211 x 2 hour lectures / practical sessions
Guided independent studies36Course readings
Guided independent study54Reading/research for the report
Guided independent study38Preparation for the test

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Electronic Library and select the following resource subject: General or resource type: Reference resources (Sage Research Methods Online)