Quantitive Research Methods - SE559

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Spring 5 15 (7.5) DR A Key checkmark-circle


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.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

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


BSc Anthropology
BSc Biological Anthropology

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods
Practical Assignment (50%)
Research Proposal (2000 words) (50%)

Indicative reading

Learning outcomes

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. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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