Module Identifier PGM0510  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator A J McGuinness  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Contact Hours   6 x 3 hours sessions  
Assessment Course work   skills assessment in statistical techniques The module is assessed on the basis of a practical peice of work (using SPSS) involving entry, display and analysis of data.   50%  
  Essay   1,500 words/analysis of a dataset   50%  
  Resit assessment   Students will have to resubmit any component of the above which they fail to complete to a satisfactory standard.    

Brief description
For you to develop a basic understanding of statistical reasoning and methods in applied social research, and to develop the confidence and skills needed to use SPSS for applied research.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of this module, you will understand the nature of quantitative data, and the reasoning behind descriptive and inferential statistical analysis of such data. You will know and be able to use several simple methods for describing data, and for making inferences from a sample to a population - both in the context of a single variable, and for the relationship between two or more variables. You will be able to use the SPSS statistical package, one of the world's most important softwre packages for applied social science research

Reading Lists
E Babbie and F Halley. Adventures in Social Research: Data Analysis Using SPSS for Windows 95. Pine Forge Press
M Norusis. (1997) SPSS 7.5 Guide to Data Analysis. Prentice Hall