MRes Criminology (Social Statistics)
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Introduction to Statistical Modelling
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Social Statistics|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
1) Enable students to model data from large social surveys using linear and binary logistic regression modelling, and factor analysis.
2) Enable students to use such models to carry out hypothesis testing and to make valid inferences from the survey sample to the population of interest.
3) Enable students to interpret and critically evaluate the results of such modelling and inferential analyses.
4) Provide students with the skills to use SPSS to carry out the above analyses.
Teaching and learning methods
The course will be delivered in eleven 2-hour classes consisting either of a lecture or a Q&A session followed a hands-on practical exercise. In the exercise the students will be required to carry out formative tasks designed to strengthen their understanding. Weekly back-up support will also be provided in the form of office hours. The students will be required to complete three pieces of formative homework and they will receive feedback on that work. The homework will either be in the form of structured short-answer questions requiring students to run and interpret simple analyses, or in the form of short reports on existing analyses. The latter will enable students to practice and receive feedback on the skills required for the assessment.
Knowledge and understanding
- To understand the principles of several regression modelling, data reduction and classification (DRC) techniques.
- To understand the practical application of the statistical concept of variance.
- To produce and interpret regression models and DRC analyses and the necessary supporting exploratory analyses in SPSS.
- To decide on a plan of action for hypothesis testing of a research question, given large-scale social survey data. To write coherent reports about a piece of quantitative data analysis.
Essay of 3000 words worth 100%.
Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (2nd Ed.). London: Sage Publications.
Linneman, T. (2011). Social Statistics: The basics and beyond. Taylor & Francis.
(Linneman covers regression in much more practical detail than Field, but does not cover factor analysis.)
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|Nicholas Shryane||Unit coordinator|
Compulsory for SRMS
Pre-Requisite for CSDA, SEM and LDA
Thursday 2-4 Remote access to Simon 6.004 cluster