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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP5515M Quantitative Research Methods

15 creditsClass Size: 80

Module manager: Professor Lisa Buckner

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module takes a practical approach to quantitative research methods and its application to social research. In this module, students develop their understanding of quantitative research design, the methodologies and methods used in quantitative social research and the issues related to this. In addition, students learn the skills needed to develop their own quantitative research ideas and to analsye their own quantitative data.


The module will:
• Develop an understanding of the main quantitative research designs, methodologies and methods used in quantitative social research
• Develop and awareness of the issues arising in quantitative social research
• Support students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to develop their own quantitative research ideas and to analyse their own quantitative data
• Develop skills to critically analyse research methodology

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to
1. Understand key methodological approaches to quantitative social research
2. Demonstrate an understanding of quantitative research strategy, design and analysis
3. Apply knowledge of a range of quantitative approaches and methods
4. Demonstrate an awareness of issues arising from quantitative social research
5. Critically analyse quantitative research methodology
6. Apply skills in data analysis

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:

1. Develop and apply critical thinking skills in the context of quantitative research
2. Independently undertake information searching and evaluation of evidence
3. Practice academic integrity in independent research and assessments
4. Evaluate and apply key social research methodologies and methods


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours129.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress will be monitored during weekly computer workshops. In addition a formative assessment to be submitted in week 6 which provides them with feedback on their progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 20/03/2024


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