|Assessment length / details
|Coursework workbook (7 x A4 pages)
|Resubmission of coursework workbook
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Appreciate the role and types of quantitative data presentation methods and analyses.
2. Demonstrate skills in the probability-based evaluation of population difference through computer-based statistical sample comparison.
3. Develop an understanding of the nature of bivariate relationships through familiarity with the principles and practice, through computer-based practical application, of regression and correlation analysis.
4. Demonstrate proficiency in the computer-based evaluation of (i) non-linear bivariate relationships and (ii) multivariate relationships.
The module will be presented through lectures and practical sessions over weeks 1 to 8 of semester 1. These sessions will normally comprise a 1-hour lecture (Weeks 1 – 6) followed by a 2-hour computer-based practical session (Weeks 1 – 8, giving students two clear weeks - supported by continuing practical sessions - following the last lecture to complete Workbooks). Each practical session will include staff and demonstrator support, thereby addressing each assessed component within one week of its parent lecture.
The module will be assessed through a Workbook of seven exercises submitted at the end of Week 8. This timing will ensure students have completed the module coursework and submissions before focusing on end-of-semester submissions for other modules. It will also allow time to provide students with marks and feedback before the end of the semester.
The course is structured so that each student’s Workbook will be completed progressively through the course, with updates to each exercise checked at the following two practical sessions.
1. Principles of quantitative analysis, introduction to data types, descriptive statistics and data presentation.
2. Evaluating the statistical difference between two populations through sample analysis using SPSS (‘Mann-Whitney U test’ and ‘Student’s t test’)
3. Evaluating the statistical difference between more than two populations through sample analysis using SPSS (‘Kruskall-Wallace H test’ and ‘Analysis of Variance (ANOVA)’
4. Evaluating bivariate relationships through linear regression and correlation using SPSS
5. Evaluating bivariate relationships through non-linear and multiple regression and correlation using SPSS
6. Overview and open question and answer session
|Application of Number
|Use of mathematics and statistics in computer-based exercises.
|Clear and effective data presentation through e.g., bivariate plots.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Meeting coursework deadlines in preparing and submitting two Workbooks.
|Computer-based quantitative data manipulation and statistical analysis.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|Develop numeracy and proficiency in MS Excel and SPSS.
|Analyzing data to address research problems.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Develop analytical skills in preparation for Level 3 dissertation/project.
|Students are encouraged to help each other in developing proficiency in the computer software packages (but submitted Workbooks are individual).
This module is at CQFW Level 5