## MY551Half UnitIntroduction to Quantitative Analysis

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Ms Sally Stares Col.8.12

Dr Benjamin Lauderdale, COL 8.10

Availability

The course is available to all research students.

Course content

An intensive introduction to quantitative data analysis in the social sciences. The course is intended for students with no previous experience of quantitative methods or statistics. It covers the foundations of descriptive statistics and statistical estimation and inference. At the end of the course students should be able to carry out univariate and bi-variate data analysis and have an appreciation of multiple linear regression. The computer classes give hands-on training in the application of statistical techniques to real social science research problems using the SPSS computer package (no prior knowledge of SPSS is necessary).

Teaching

20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of computer workshops in the MT. 20 hours of lectures and 9 hours of computer workshops in the LT. 2 hours of lectures in the ST.

This course is given twice per session, starting in the second week of each of the MT and LT. Students must either register for MY552M which is taught in Michaelmas Term, or MY552L which is taught in Lent Term.

Formative coursework

Weekly assignments are required.

A course pack will be available for download online. Additional reading: many introductory statistics books are available. But we particularly recommend Alan Agresti and Christine Franklin (2009) Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data. Pearson Education. Or Alan Agresti and Barbara Finlay (2009, 4th edition) Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences. Pearson Education (note that the second book is more advanced and is particularly useful if you are planning to take MY551 and MY552).

Assessment

Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2012/13: 14

Average class size 2012/13: Unavailable

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Course survey results

(2011/12 combined)

1 = "best" score, 5 = "worst" score

The scores below are average responses.

Response rate: %

Question

Average
response

1.4

Materials (Q2.3)

1.5

Course satisfied (Q2.4)

1.4

Lectures (Q2.5)

1.6

Integration (Q2.6)

1.2

Contact (Q2.7)

1.4

Feedback (Q2.8)

1.5

Recommend (Q2.9)

 Yes 75% Maybe 25% No 0%