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Postgraduate Course: Quantitative Methods for Business Scholars (CMSE11524)

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
SummaryThe course offers an overview and critical understanding of common quantitative research designs, techniques and analysis used within business research.
Course description The course aims to help develop an understanding of the core quantitative techniques used in Business Research for scholarly purposes.

A particular emphasis is placed on designing quantitative research projects so that they are academically rigorous to allow 1) for successful completion of a research degree and 2) for work to be submitted for publication in leading journals. The core will introduce core concepts and techniques before familiarising students with core software for analysis and introducing further advanced software methods to be considered.

Students will be provided with the theoretical concepts, tools and methods of statistics as well as the opportunity to work through example problems.

Course Outline:
1. Quantitative research design for Business (Survey, Experiment, Data-set)
2. Distributions and hypothesis testing
3. Parametric vs. Non-parametric testing
4. Correlation and Simple Linear Regression
5. Factor and Cluster Analysis
6. Logistic regression
7. ANOVA family
8. Mediation and moderation
9. Structural equation modelling
10. Overview of advanced analysis technique (e.g. Baysian)

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 2024/25, 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, 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) 100% coursework (individual)
This course will be assessed by submission of an individual essay (~4000 words).

Students will be expected to analyse and write up results of data they have gathered or have been provided from an example set. They will need to discuss and test assumptions of the experiment(s) they will run.
Feedback Formative feedback: TBC
Summative feedback: TBC
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and discuss the key terminology, concepts tools and techniques used in quantitative research by business scholars.
  2. Critically evaluate the underlying assumptions of analysis procedures.
  3. Understand and critically discuss the issues surrounding sampling and significance.
  4. Discuss critically the uses and limitations of statistical analysis.
  5. Solve a range of problems using the techniques covered.
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Additional Information
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Course organiserProf Jake Ansell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3806
Course secretaryMiss Megan Hegarty
Tel: (01316) 515011
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