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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2011-2012 (archived)

Module BUSI4W115: Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research I

Department: Business School (Business)

BUSI4W115: Quantitative Methods for Social Science Research I

Type Tied Level 4 Credits 15 Availability Available in 2011/12 Module Cap None.


  • None


  • As specified in Special Regulations

Excluded Combination of Modules

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  • Provide students with the advanced quantitative skills necessary to pursue empirical research in micro and macro organisation behaviour;
  • Provide students with the advanced quantitative skills required to estimate regression models and interpret the estimates from such models.


  • Simple linear regression
  • The bivariate model: estimation: the method of OLS; assumptions underlying OLS; recision of OLS estimates; goodness-of-fit; R2.
  • Hypothesis testing, tests of significance
  • Multiple linear regression
  • Collinearity
  • Autocorrelation
  • Specification error
  • Dummy variables

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • have an advanced knowledge of key quantitative methods and principles
Subject-specific Skills:
  • be able to use several advanced quantitative tools to conduct their own empirical investigations into complex specialised issues, and interpret the results at an advanced level
  • have practised problem solving skills at an advanced level and the use of specialised software.
Key Skills:
  • have enhanced their computer literacy skills;
  • have the capacity for sustained independent work and learning at an advanced level and the ability to learn through critical reflection on practice and experience;
  • be able to think independently, including problem-solving ability and the ability to operate and exercise appropriate judgement in complex and specialised contexts;
  • be able to understand complex research, critically analyse it, and communicate ideas about it to peers;
  • have the ability to accept a high level of personal responsibility, including an ability to evaluate and resolve any ethical dilemmas which may arise, in research and professional practice.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • A combination of lectures, seminars and group work will contribute to achieving the aims and learning outcomes of this module. Summative assessment by written examination and applied data analysis will test students' ability to demonstrate what they have learned in the conduct and analysis of a particular issue in depth.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Workshops 10 Weekly 3 hours 30
Preparation and Reading 120
Total 150

Summative Assessment

Component: Empirical problem sets (in-class) Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Empirical problem sets (completed in class) 100%
Component: Written examination Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Two-hour unseen written examination 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative assessment, and feedback, may take a number of forms such as answers to questions discussed during workshops, or posted on DUO; discussions with teaching staff during consultation hours, or via e-mail.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University