Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Social Statistics|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
The main topics to be covered are:
The Creation of Social Data
Exploring Relationships with Categorical Data
Modelling with Continuous Data (British and South Asian Examples)
Modelling with Dummy Variables
The Moderation of Effects in Regression (European Examples)
The course unit aims:
The aims of this course are for each student to achieve:
(i) an introductory understanding of the role played by sample surveys;
(ii) an understanding of the appropriate statistical methods necessary for doing social science ranging from bivariate to multivariate international analyses;
(iii) the skills necessary to interpret statistical analyses, including examples of both parametric and non-parametric methods;
(iv) an awareness of the uses of the statistical software (SPSS) and corresponding limitations of competing software (spreadsheets).
At the end of this course students should be able to:
(i) demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and issues of sample surveys and questionnaire design, knowing how sampling affects the precision of estimates of means;
(ii) use the correct statistical methodology appropriate to the circumstances, for a range of types of set tasks, including crosstabulations and regression;
(iii) apply the concept of hypothesis tests and carry out a variety of bivariate tests;
(iv) apply the concept of a model to build and refine multiple regression models;
(v) compare a model with interaction effects to one without such effects, giving an international applicability to regression;
(v) use commercial statistical software and be aware of some of the potential problems in its use.
(vi) interpret the findings of statistical analysis.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, tutorials, practicals and coursework
10% for Assignment 1 tasks
10% for Assignment 2 tasks
0% for Assignment 3 learning journal (formative work)
10% for Assignment 4
Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS. London: Sage.
Kinnear and Gray (2010) PASW17 Statistics Made Simple, London: Psychology Press.
Kremelberg (2011) Practical Statistics, London: Sage.
Norman, Paul, and Jo Wathan (2010) Using SPSS For Windows: Exploring the Health Survey for England 2002 Teaching Dataset in SPSS v15, Manchester: Economic and Social Data Service (a www.esds.ac.uk Guide, v. 5.3. Accessed Nov. 2010.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Practical classes & workshops||4|
|Independent study hours|
|Wendy Olsen||Unit coordinator|