Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the principles and concepts of quantitative research methods. It focuses in detail on some common quantitative approaches and techniques, including survey and questionnaire design; introduction to statistical software SPSS and exploratory data analysis using SPSS; basics of parametric and non-parametric data analysis and hypothesis testing; and presenting outcomes from statistical analysis of research data, which will be of potential relevance to the design of students' own research.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of a broad range of quantitative methods applicable to their field;  
  2. critically analyse the validity of a range of quantitative research methods and their applicability to research problems in their field, including the designs of research studies;  
  3. apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to use and evaluate a broad range of quantitative research methods in the design of a substantial research-based piece of scholarship;  
  4. demonstrate skills in the gathering, management, analysis, evaluation and interpretation of a broad range of quantitative data;  
  5. demonstrate an advanced understanding and use of complex sample surveys, and questionnaire design;  
  6. demonstrate ability to use SPSS Statistics software for exploratory data analysis (parametric/nonparametric) and hypothesis testing; and  
  7. present to an interdisciplinary audience a coherent and sustained argument justifying their choice of quantitative research methodologies and methods for a specific project, using high level communication and technical skills and awareness of ethical issues.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Four short assignments focussing on methods and techniques (2000 words in total) 40%
Presentation Seminar Presentation following critical review of other studies (1000 word equivalent) 20%
Essay Final Essay in which student to apply quantitative methods to their own research proposal (2000-2500 words) 40%
Total equivalence word equivalence is 4500-5500