Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Quantitative Research Methods: An Introduction

LEVEL D - Doctoral Workshops/Symposium

ECTS CREDITS Not Applicable

DEPARTMENT Doctoral School

DESCRIPTION Any research, be it framed in the context of hardsciences or social sciences, inescapably has quantitative components. Pursuing research, addressing research questions, and finding meaningful data structures, entail mastering different approaches and techniques that allow researchers to get the most out of their data. This workshop aims to provide participants with a broad picture of quantitative methods and approaches to data analysis. It will put emphasis on ideas rather than calculations, and will provide a demystified view of statistics and, more importantly, of their practical application and interpretation. All the approaches and techniques will be put in context and illustrated by means of practical examples in order to make participants aware consumers, as well as producers, of statistics.


By the end of this workshop, doctoral researchers should be:

- more aware of how data are described meaningfully using a range of statistics;
- aware of the potential and limitations of each descriptive statistic in the context of their analytical goals;
- able to highlight relevant information and specific aspects of data using appropriate charts and tables;
- able to develop a background for a critical approach to data analysis and interpretation.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Timetable Details

Semester 1
Occ A - Date: 13 Nov 2020; Time: 9:00 - 12:00; Duration: 3 hours


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Attendance No 100%

LECTURER/S Gianmarco Alberti

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