Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Research Methods 2 – Quantitative Research

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Youth and Community Studies

DESCRIPTION This study-unit shall prepare study-unit participants to put into practice the basic tenets of social scientific research. Study-unit participants shall be offered the possibility to understand and conceptualise empirical quantitative research Together with secondary data research students will be exposed to the requisite methodological and ethical standards that need to be maintained in research and be able to understand data analysis. This study-unit will attempt to develop skills that will lead to data collection, data analysis, reporting encoding/decoding, interpretation, evaluation measurement and sampling, spreadsheets and databases, case study approach and hypothesis testing.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is aimed at:
a. providing course participants to gain first-hand experience in the design and implementation of a scientific research study;
b. familiarise student with the quantitative approach;
c. accentuating course participants' research and analytical skills;
d. developing course participants' academic writing skills;
e. to familiarise students on the use of statistical tools.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. design and undertake a scientific research study;
b. have a clear understanding of the demands of scientific report writing;
c. possess more in-depth knowledge on the particular topic researched;
d. understand the dynamic of the research process;
e. carry out statistical tests;
f. employ statistical tools.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a. work within pre-established time-frames and deadline constraints;
b. understand the requirements of statistical testing;
c. substantiate observations and claims with reference to the expert literature;
d. undertake a literature review;
e. collect and present empirical data;
f. analyse empirical data;
g. present findings;
h. outline implications for future research; and
i. identify and address limitations of work and ethical concerns.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Bryman, A., & Cramer, D. (2011). Quantitative Data Analysis with IBM SPSS 17, 18 and 19. Hove: Pscyhology Press.
Fowler, F.J. 2002. Survey Research Methods. London: Sage.
Fraser, S., Lewis, V., Ding, S., Kellet, M. & Robinson, C. (Eds.), (2004) Doing Research with Children and Young People. London: Sage.
Seale, C. (Ed.) (2004). Social Research Methods: A Reader. London: Routledge.
Silverman, D. (ed.). (2004). Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice. London: Sage.
Schutt, R. K. (2006). Investigating the Social World: The Process and Practice of Research, Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press.
Agresti, A. & Finlay, B. (2008) Statistical methods for the Social Sciences, 4th Edition. Person Education.
Coolidge, Frederick L. (2012). Statistics: A Gentle Introduction. London: Sage.
Lomax, Richard G. and Debbie L. Hahs-Vaughn. (2012). An Introduction to Statistical Concepts, 3rd edition. London: Routledge.

ADDITIONAL NOTES This study-unit is only offered to BA (Hons) in Youth and Community Studies students.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%


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