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# Methodology and Research Methods in Sociology: Quantitative Research Methods

2021/2022
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
6
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 2 модуль

### Course Syllabus

#### Abstract

The course aims to provide students with understanding of key concepts and methods of modern statistical data analysis. It gives an overview and practice of the skills necessary for conducting independent research with quantitative survey data, using R software. The course also puts these skills into the broader academic context by reviewing how statistics are used in published scientific journal articles.

#### Learning Objectives

• Provide students with understanding of key concepts and methods of modern statistical data analysis

#### Expected Learning Outcomes

• Have skills in interpreting results and writing research papers
• Have skills in the evaluation of the quality of published research papers
• Have skills in using R Studio for statistical data analysis
• know the key concepts of statistics
• know the main methods and techniques of statistical data analysis
• know the main procedures of data transformation and data analysis using R
• to be able to analyze secondary data at the level required for an MA thesis
• to be able to choose correct statistical methods and procedures according to the research questions
• to be able to interpret and present the results of data analysis in oral and written form

#### Course Contents

• Statistical inference in social sciences
• T-tests, One-way ANOVA
• Non-parametric analogues of T-tests and one-way ANOVA
• Pearson's chi-square for contingency tables
• Correlations
• Linear regression
• Regression diagnostics: heteroscedasticity, multicollinearity, non-linearity
• Categorical independent variables in linear regression and interaction effects
• Binary logistic regression

#### Assessment Elements

• Essay
• Home assignment
Grading criteria: 1) The correct method of data analysis. 2) Correct R function. 3) Correct interpretation.
• Exam
The task of the first reexam is similar to the first exam. Students will have 3 hours to do it. The second reexam is similar to the first one. The weight of the reexam in the final grade is 0.3.

#### Interim Assessment

• 2021/2022 2nd module
0.35 * Essay + 0.2 * Home assignment + 0.35 * Exam + 0.1 * Reading published research

#### Recommended Core Bibliography

• Handbook of univariate and multivariate data analysis and interpretation whith SPSS, Ho, R., 2006