Research Design and Advanced Analytical Methods - SE812

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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7 15 (7.5) DR P Mahoney







This module will introduce students to research design and hypothesis testing, drawing upon the different scientific approaches used in biological and forensic anthropology. Core statistical components, such as inference for parametric statistical testing, will be covered. This module will have an extensive, computer practical-based component that will enable students to run advanced statistical tests (univariate and multivariate), which will be supported by lectures. Upon completion students will understand the principle qualitative and quantitative analytical approaches to research, and the best ways of presenting results.


This module appears in:

Contact hours



Spring term

Method of assessment

3000 word report

Indicative reading

Lasker, G.L. and Gastel, B. (2005) Research strategies in human biology. Cambridge University Press.
Day , R.A. ad Gastel, B. (2011) How to write and publish a scientific paper. (7th edition) Greenwood press.
Field, A. (2013) Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics 4th edition SAGE Publications Ltd
Tabachnick BG, Fidell LS. 2013. Using multivariate statistics (6th ed). Allyn and Bacon

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1 evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses and construct a research project with testable hypotheses.
2 Develop different research strategies and designs for projects using quantitative statistical methods.
3. Analyze data with univariate and multivariate statistical techniques, using associated computer software and evaluate critically current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline

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