THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2006/2007
Methods of Social Research B (U02103)
This course is to say to meet the needs of students who wish to access and analyse extensive secondary data, or to create and analyse survey-type material large enough to make it sensible to use SPSS. It will be available as a stand-alone course as well as acting as the second of two compulsory courses within the junior honours year in Sociology, and in its combined honours degrees (except that with Psychology).
? This course is not accepting further student enrolments.
? Pre-requisites : Candidates must normally have obtained a pass in Social Enquiry 2.
? Prohibited combinations : Candidates may not take more than one other 20-credit research methods course.
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Other subject areas
? Normal year taken : 3rd year
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
First Class Information
All of the following classes
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course candidates will have:
- a basic knowledge of research design as it relates to the selection of documentary sources, evaluation of existing data-sets, and survey research
- an understanding of and ability to use basic descriptive and inferential statistics, and the use of SPSS for bivariate and multivariate analysis.
- a basic understanding of the issues involved in drawing inferences and generalisations from samples to larger populations.
- some familiarity with the use of software packages for analysing qualitative data.
Two take-home exercises (50%).
One take-home examination (50%).
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Ms Sue Renton
Dr Michael Rosie
Course Website : http://www.sociology.ed.ac.uk/ug/hons/courses/methods_B.htm
School Website : http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/