Foundations in Social and Criminological Research 2 - SOCI3440

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Thomas Akoensi checkmark-circle


This module follows on from Foundations in Social and Criminological Research 1 in developing students' skills in research and critical thinking. The emphasis in this module is on quantitative methods: evaluating the use of quantitative research in 'real life’ contexts, and developing skills in analysing quantitative data. Students will explore descriptive statistics, the evaluation of research designs and learn how to use SPSS to handle quantitative data.


Contact hours

Total Hours: 150
Contact Hours - 22
Private Study - 128


BSc (Hons) Social Sciences, BA (Hons) Criminal Justice & Criminology

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

The module will be assessed through 100% coursework. The coursework will consist of a portfolio of 4,500 words, comprising of the following linked elements:

• A descriptive statistics project (2,500 words – 50%
• An evaluative assignment (2,000 words) – 30%
• Seminar participation – 20%

Reassessment methods

Reassessment Instrument: 100% coursework.

Indicative reading

Blastland, M. and A. Dilnot, The Tiger that Isn't: Seeing Through a World of Numbers. London: Profile, 2008
Field, A., Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics: And Sex and Drugs and rock'n’roll. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2013
Gray, D.E., Doing Research in the Real World. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2013
Holt, N. and I. Walker, Research With People: Theory, Plans and Practicals. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan
Pallant, J., SPSS Survival Manual: A Step by Step Guide to Data Analysis Using IBM SPSS. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill, 2013

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate knowledge of the key concepts and debates in social sciences research.
8.2 Demonstrate the ability to evaluate debates around key issues in social sciences research.
8.3 Demonstrate the ability to locate publically-available quantitative data, and to manipulate it using Excel or SPSS to produce a graph or
8.4 Demonstrate the ability to analyse quantitative data using SPSS.
8.5 Evaluate quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding the world.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 Analyse and understand numerical data
9.2 Organise material and communicate it clearly
9.3 Use appropriate technologies for analysing quantitative data
9.4 Understand different schools of thought and the ability to distinguish them


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage 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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