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FASS512d Quantitative Research Methods 2 (distance learning )
Module description
Aims and objectivesTo provide students with the opportunity to acquire:
PrerequisitesFASS508, FASS509, or an equivalent introduction to statistics. Students not taking FASS508 or FASS509 in the preceding term should contact the convenor in advance, as additional preparatory reading may be required of them.
Reading listAltman, D.G. et al. (2000), Statistics With Confidence, 2nd Ed. London, BMJ Books. Dalgaard, P. (2008), Introductory Statistics with R, 2nd Ed. New York, Springer. Everitt, B. (2008), Chance Rules: An Informal Guide to Probability, Risk and Statistics, 2nd Ed. New York, Springer. Franklin, J. (2009), What Science Knows and How It Knows It, New York, Encounter Books. Gigerenzer, G. (2002), Reckoning with Risk: Learning to Live with Uncertainty, London, Penguin. Hubbard, D.W. (2010), How to Measure Anything: Finding the Value of Intangibles in Business, 2nd Ed. Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley. McGrayne, S.B. (2011), The Theory That Would Not Die: How Bayes' Rule Cracked The Enigma Code, Hunted Down Russian Submarines, and Emerged Triumphant from Two Centuries of Controversy, New Haven, Yale University Press. Paulos, J.A. (1995), A Mathematician Reads the Newspaper: Making Sense of The Numbers in the Headlines, London, Penguin. Savage, S.L. (2009), The Flaw of Averages: Why We Underestimate Risk in the Face of Uncertainty, Hoboken, NJ, John Wiley. Verzani, J. (2004), Using R for Introductory Statistics, Boca Raton, FL, Chapman & Hall/CRC.
Timing and Location
Additional informationMinimum quota: 6 Maximum quota: 30
Coursework and AssessmentCoursework requirements Three short assignments (2 x 1,500; 1 x 2,000) based on analysing and interpreting data from real studies in the social sciences and humanities. The assignments will assess students' ability to input and analyse a data set in "R", choose appropriate methods for the given data set, and interpret the output from "R", having applied the chosen methods correctly and with relevance to the specific questions of interest. Coursework due dates tba 
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