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FASS508 Quantitative Research Methods Introduction
Aims and objectives
To provide a student-friendly face-to-face introduction to fundamental concepts in statistics, focussing more on conceptual understanding than on computation. The course is intended to provide sufficient background for progression onto FASS512 in Term 2.
To provide students with:
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
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.
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.
NB these are not required texts - this is a background reading list.
Timing and Location
Minimum quota: 6
Maximum quota: 25
Charge to non-FASS departments: £133
Apart from delivery mode, the syllabuses for FASS508: Quantitative Research Methods Introduction (face-to-face) and FASS509: Quantitative Research Methods 1 (online distance learning) are basically identical, so you should only need to take one of these. Either will provide the background necessary to prepare you for FASS512: Quantitative Research Methods 2.
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