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Postgraduate Course: Quantitative Research Methods (CMSE11561)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryQuantitative Research Methods aims to introduce students to research idea generation, ethics, and basic quantitative methods in business area for their dissertation. It helps students choosing dissertation topic, questions and facilitates all necessary quantitative methods that are required for that major piece of independent research as well as their future work in business area.
Course description The course provides students with an understanding of the research process and a thorough introduction to quantitative (as well as basics of qualitative) research method. The course equips students with the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare for a significant research project using quantitative research methods.

Outline Content

What is Research?
Basics of Quantitative Research
Basic of Qualitative Research
Research Ethics and Integrity
Data Collection, organisation and representation
Data sampling, confidence interval
Hypothesis testing
Analysing two variables, simple linear regression
Analysing multiple variables multi-variate regression (with SPSS lab)
Advanced methods, logistic regression and decision tree (with SPSS lab)
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 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 175 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% coursework (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3
50% coursework (individual) - assesses course Learning Outcomes 4, 5
Feedback Formative: Feedback will be provided throughout the course.

Summative: Feedback will be provided on the assessments within agreed deadlines.

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Identify the role of quantitative method in the discipline of business
  2. Understand the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methods. Plan and conduct different methods of data collection and understand research ethics requirements
  3. Plan and conduct different methods of data collection and understand research ethics requirements
  4. Analyse different forms of quantitative data
  5. Understand and be able to use different quantitative methods for data analysis
Reading List
Statistics for economics, accounting, and business studies
Author: Barrow, Michael
ISBN: 9781292118703
Edition: Seventh edition.
Publication Date: 2017
Publisher: Pearson Education
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Communication, ICT, and Numeracy Skills

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Critically evaluate and present digital and other sources, research methods, data and information; discern their limitations, accuracy, validity, reliability and suitability; and apply responsibly in a wide variety of organisational contexts.

Practice: Applied Knowledge, Skills and Understanding

After completing this course, students should be able to:

Apply creative, innovative, entrepreneurial, sustainable and responsible business solutions to address social, economic and environmental global challenges.
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Course organiserDr Yi Cao
Tel: (0131 6)51 5338
Course secretaryMiss Mary Anne Boeff
Tel: (0131 6)50 8072
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