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.
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150
BSc Biological Anthropology; BSc Anthropology
Not available as an elective module.
Method of assessment
Practical Assignment (50%)
Research Proposal (2000 words) (50%)
Reassessment instrument: 100% coursework
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.
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
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.
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