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Postgraduate Course: Intermediate inferential statistics: testing and modelling (PLIT11002)

Course Outline
School School of Social and Political Science College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Politics Other subject area Social Policy
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description The course is designed for those students who have already acquired a basic understanding of statistics; for example, through the Core Quantitative Data Analysis course run in the first semester. Its aim is to extend and deepen understanding of statistical approaches to data analysis through an appreciation of the process of statistical reasoning prior to designing appropriate quantitative analysis of data. Attention will be given to discrete probability distributions, including Normal approximations, as well as a range of parametric and nonparametric tests. A number of approaches to regression under different conditions will be considered in depth. There will be an introduction to understanding changes over time through event history (survival) analysis.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Core quantitative data analysis 1 and 2 (SCIL11009)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralLectureMain lecture/seminar1-10 09:00 - 10:50
CentralLaboratoryComputer workshop alternative to Mondays1-10 11:10 - 12:00
CentralLaboratoryComputer workshop alternative to Wednesdays2-11 16:10 - 17:00
First Class Week 1, Wednesday, 09:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. 3.D01, Forrest Hill
Additional information There will be a 1 hour computer workshop each week to practice problem solving using SPSS or Stata, which is labelled 'laboratory' above.
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
1. Understand the implications of various types of data measurement and related probability distributions.
2. Understand how to design research to investigate causal and explanatory relationships.
3. Understand the assumptions underpinning various statistical techniques based on asymmetric relationships.
4. Demonstrate ability to solve problems of an inferential nature.
5. Gain proficiency in the use of statistical software to analyse data; i.e. SPSS and Stata.
6. Interpret quantitative solutions in their applied context.
Assessment Information
Assessment will take the form of practical exercises, using statistical software, and a critique of published literature.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list General recommended readings:
de Vaus D (2002). Analysing Social Science data: 50 key problems in data analysis, Sage, London.
Field A (2005). Discovering statistics using SPSS : (and sex, drugs and rock &n& roll) (2nd edn), Sage, London.
Fielding J and Gilbert N (2006). Understanding Social Statistics (2nd edition), Sage, London.
Leech, NL, Barrett, KC and Morgan, GA (2005). SPSS for Intermediate Statistics: use and Interpretation (2nd edition), Lawrence Erlbaum Associate, New Jersey, USA.
Moore DS (1997). Statistics, concepts and controversies, (4th edn), Freeman, New York, USA.
Pallant J (2004). SPSS Survival Manual (2nd edition), Open University Press, Buckingham.
Siegel S and Castellan NJ (1988). Nonparametric statistics, McGraw-Hill, New York.
Stevens J (2009). Applied multivariate statistics for the social sciences (5th edition). Routledge, London.
Tarling, R (2009). Statistical modelling for social researchers : principles and practice, Routledge, London.
Wright DB (1997). Understanding statistics: an introduction for the social sciences, Sage, London.

Core texts:
Argyrous G (2005). Statistics for research: with a guide to SPSS (2nd edition), Sage, London.
Congdon P (2005). Bayesian models for categorical data, Wiley, Chichester.
Tabachnick BG and Fidell LS (2007). Using multivariate statistics, (5th edition), Pearson International, Harlow.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords inference; generalisation; parametric; non-parametric; ANOVA; multiple regression; logistic regressi
Course organiser Dr Andrew Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)51 1562
Course secretary Mrs Gillian Macdonald
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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