Module code: SOC2093

Module Overview

This module builds upon the year 1 Measuring the Social World module introducing multivariate quantitative analyses with the help of statistical software. The module consists of a mix of lectures followed by guided classes where students will investigate the chosen topic, using a data set sourced from the UK Data Service and using statistical software. Students shall also learn how to interpret and present results of quantitative analyses.

Module provider


Module Leader

BRUNTON-SMITH Ian (Sociology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: G300

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 11

Independent Learning Hours: 106

Lecture Hours: 11

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 11

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Measuring the Social World: Quantitative Methods

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Creating new data files from survey questionnaires;

Sourcing quantitative data for secondary analysis;

Data management procedures;

The logic behind simple and multiple regression analysis;

The practical application of simple and multiple regression.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework EXERCISE 1 30
Coursework EXERCISE 2 70

Alternative Assessment


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the basic principles of statistics for social research including both statistical concepts and the use of software to demonstrate those concepts practically. Continuous formative assessment in class will allow students to demonstrate their appreciation of the potential of the statistical evaluation, manipulation and interpretation of data, and also allow them to develop skills in the entering and analysing of data with statistical software.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of two assessed exercises, including one short, 30% weighted, written exercise and one longer, 70% weighted, practical exercise to be completed with the aid of computer software.

Formative assessment and feedback: students receive feedback during practical classes and on feedback sheets provided; students will receive individual feedback on return of both assessed exercises.

Module aims

  • To give students a thorough grasp of how to use statistical software
  • To explain regression and interval level data analysis in non-technical terms using statistical software
  • To be able to read, understand and present quantitative analyses

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Be able to create simple data sets for statistical analysis using the personal computer PT
002 Be able to carry out simple statistical analyses on their own data set or on other secondary data sources CT
003 Be able to carry out simple data management tasks prior to statistical analysis PT
004 Be able to understand the logic behind, and the appropriate time to use regression analysis as a tool for social research
005 Be able to carry out a simple and multiple regression analysis using statistical software PT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Build on the basic principles and steps involved in the statistical analysis of quantitative data learnt in year 1. This module aims to encourage students to develop a practical understanding of when and how to use particular multi-variate statistical techniques to best research social processes using quantitative data. This will be achieved through lectures and practical exercises on a computer using statistical software.

The learning and teaching methods include:

5 x 1 hr lectures;

5 x 1 hr classes practical computer classes;

6 x 2 hr classes practical computer classes.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Other information


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Criminology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Sociology BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.