Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Doing Social Research: working with quantitative data

Module L3078

Module details for 2016/17.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 5

Module Outline

The aim of this module is to introduce students to different ways of designing and doing social research. In this part we focus on basic features of quantitative survey research, both analysing other people's research (using secondary data) and creating your own. In Part II we focus on different methods of qualitative data collection and analysis. The aim of the module is to give you important skills for life as well as the labour market, and more prosaically to prepare you to carry out project work in the third year. In both halves of this module you build up activities week by week to carry out a kind of 'pilot' or 'mini-project' on a topic of your choice. This is more closely supported than in year 3: you will discuss ideas for the project in your workshops; you will be helped to apply for ethical review; you will have formative feedback on your proposals and your research instruments (in this case surveys) and lots of help in workshops to bring it all together.

Please note that students are required to pass both L3078 Doing Social Research: working with quantitative data and L3079 Doing Social Research: working with qualitative data in order to take the Project in the final year.

Module learning outcomes

Formulate a sociological question that could be answered with quantitative data

Design and pilot a survey questionnaire to answer this question and reflect on the experience

Access data archives, download and manipulate data in appropriate computer packages

Analyse and evaluate quantitative data and concepts

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PortfolioT1 Week 12 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour111110100000
Autumn SemesterWorkshop2 hours111110111111

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Susann Wiedlitzka

Assess convenor, Convenor

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