Quantitative Research Methods - ANTB5590

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will introduce students to quantitative research methods, with particular reference to biological and scientific anthropology, as well as basic statistics and data handling, through a combination of seminars and practical classes on research methods, statistics, and instruction in the use of computer software to analyse data. The goal of this module is to provide students with an understanding of how scientific research proceeds, and thus how to design and undertake an independent research project. Topics covered include an introduction to parametric and non-parametric statistical techniques, how to use programmes such as SPSS, how to build and tests hypotheses, and how to structure a research proposal.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


BSc Anthropology
BSc Biological Anthropology

Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

Practical Assignment (50%)
Research Proposal (2000 words) (50%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Brace, N., Snelgar, R., and Kemp R. (2016). SPSS for Psychologists, and everybody else (6th ed.). Palgrave Macmillan.

Field, A (2013) Discovering statistics using SPSS (4th ed.), SAGE Publications.

Gastel, B and Day, R.A. (2016). How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (8th ed). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Understand scientific methods including hypothesis building, methods of data collection, and research design.
8.2 Propose a research project, and report its results.
8.3 Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of statistics and data handling, including use of appropriate computer software.
8.4 Critically evaluate the results of new research in the field.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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