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Postgraduate Course: Intermediate inferential statistics: testing and modelling (PGSP11321)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe 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. Students will be shown techniques for data reduction and ways to explore the dimensionality in data for potential production of indexes. A number of approaches to regression under different conditions will be considered in depth.
Course description Section A Theoretical considerations
1. Issues in quantitative research and statistical reasoning

2. Design of empirical quantitative investigations

Section B Probability, measurement and comparisons
3. Discrete probability distributions, inc. Normal approximations; continuity corrections and finite population corrections.

4. Parametric and non-parametric tests
(a) 1 sample
(b) 2 samples - related and independent
(c) More than 2 samples

Section C Data reduction
5. Principal components analysis / Factor analysis

Section D Explanation and prediction
6. Multiple regression: assumptions and approaches

7. Logistic regression: binary and multinomial and ordinal
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  30
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment will take the form of practical exercises, using statistical software.
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand how to design research to investigate causal and explanatory relationships with quantitative data
  2. Understand the implications of various levels of data measurement and their related probability distributions
  3. Demonstrate ability to understand and to solve problems of an inferential nature based on symmetric and asymmetric relationships
  4. Gain proficiency in the use of statistical software to analyse multivariate data
  5. Interpret and communicate quantitative solutions in their applied context
Reading List
Core texts:
Argyrous G (2011). Statistics for research: with a guide to SPSS (3rd edn). Sage, London.
Congdon P (2005). Bayesian models for categorical data, Wiley, Chichester.
Field A (2013). Discovering statistics using SPSS (4th edn). Sage, London.
Hair JF, Black WC, Babin BJ, Anderson RE and Tatham RL (2013). Multivariate data analysis, (7th edn). Prentice-Hall, London.
Tabachnick BG and Fidell LS (2013). Using multivariate statistics, (6th edition), Pearson International, Harlow.

General recommended readings:
Stevens J (2009). Applied multivariate statistics for the social sciences (5th edn). Routledge, London.
Tarling, R (2009). Statistical modelling for social researchers: principles and practice. Routledge, London.
Treiman D (2009). Quantitative data analysis: doing social research to test ideas. Jossey Bass, USA.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information The course will be run as a three-hour, weekly seminar in a lecture room and a computer laboratory, including an introductory lecture and discussion, followed by practical exercise workshops, using SPSS (and possibly other statistical software).
Keywordsstatistical inference testing modelling reduction dimensions
Course organiserProf Andrew Thompson
Tel: (0131 6)51 1562
Course secretaryMr Andrew Macaulay
Tel: (0131 6)51 5067
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