Computing Packages for Applied Analysis

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Kenneth Benoit COL8.11


This course is available on the MSc in Social Research Methods (Social Policy). This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

For students who intend to use qualitative and quantitative computer packages in their research.

Course content

It is intended to provide research students with an appreciation of various computer packages through introduction and hands-on training in the use of these tools.


63 hours of seminars in the MT. 75 hours of seminars in the LT. 30 hours of seminars in the ST.

Half-day introductory training courses on computer packages such as, Nvivo, ALCESTE, QDA Miner/Wordstat/Simstat, Stata and SPSS during the MT and LT. Participants will sign up via MOODLE.

Formative coursework


Indicative reading

R Tesch, Qualitative Research; Analysis Types and Software Tools (1990); N G Fielding; R M Lee, Computer Analysis; Qualitative Research (Sage, 1998); Roberts CW (1997) Textanalysis for the Social Sciences, Mahwah, Lawrence Erlbaum Ass.; Popping, R (2000) Computer-assisted Text Analysis, London, Sage, E A Weitzman ; M B Miles, Computer Programs for Qualitative Data Analysis (Sage, 1995).


This course is non-examinable.

Key facts

Department: Methodology

Total students 2015/16: 2

Average class size 2015/16: Unavailable

Value: Non-assessed

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills