Undergraduate Course: Doing Social Research with Statistics (SSPS08007)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is designed to provide intermediate level statistical data analysis skills to students in the 'with Quantitative Methods' degree programs in SPS. This course will have a practical and applied focus.
This course covers regression models for binary, ordinal, nominal and count outcome variables. This will include binomial logistic regression, ordinal logistic regression, multinomial logistic regression and poisson regression.
This course will use the statistical data analysis package, Stata. This course will introduce skills in data management and data analysis using Stata.
The course is delivered via lectures and interactive computer lab sessions.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 11,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1) 70% A short research report on a substantive topic containing the application of binary logistic regression analysis. The report should be no more than 2000 words long.
2) 20% A short take home practical exercise.
3) 10% An annotated Stata .do file which contains all the code required to reproduce the analysis presented in the report. There is no word limit for the .do file, but parsimony is encouraged.
||Students will receive feedback on an analysis project to be submitted in late March.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Use the statistical data analysis package Stata to effectively and efficiently analyse social science data resources.
- Appropriately undertake analyses using regression models for linear and binary dependent variables (e.g. linear regression and binary logistic regression).
- Appreciate the core differences between linear regression models and binary logistic regression models.
- Accurately interpret analyses of regression models.
- Effectively report analyses of regression models
Acock, A.C., 2016. A gentle introduction to Stata., College Station, Texas: Stata Press.
Kohler, U. and Kreuter, F., 2009. Data Analysis Using Stata. College Station Texas: Stata Press.
Long, J.S. 2009. The Workflow of Data Analysis Using Stata. College Station Texas: Stata Press.
Long, J.S. & Freese, J., 2014. Regression models for categorical dependent variables using Stata., College Station, Texas: Stata Press.
Mehmetoglu, M. and Jakobsen, T.G., 2016. Applied statistics using Stata: a guide for the social sciences. London: Sage.
Treiman, D. J., 2009. Quantitative Data Analysis: Doing Social Research to Test Ideas. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Roxanne Connelly
|Course secretary||Mr Ethan Alexander
Tel: (0131 6)50 4001