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SG4223 Advanced Quantitative Analysis

SCOTCAT credits:20
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:1.00 pm - 5.00 pm Tue

Students taking this module will learn some of the core research skills necessary to be a professional quantitative social science researcher and then to carry out a typical consulting project. It will allow them to explore a substantive policy issue, carry out their own quantitative research and then make recommendations based on these findings. They will be presented with a 'real world' scenario and be expected to take on the role of a researcher who is advising policy makers; in simulations of various policy forums, they will then learn how to defend their recommendations and advice. They will first be taught the relevant quantitative research skills and introduced to potentially useful research resources. They will then be expected to construct their own research strategy, carry out the necessary research and present this in various formats, working independently of the teaching staff.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional elective for all degrees involving Geography

UG Pre-requisite(s):Passes in one of SG3201 - SG3204

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour lectures, 2-hour seminars, 1-hour practical classes each week for 7 weeks, and occasional tutorials.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 38
  • Guided independent study: 162

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 13%
  • Coursework: 87%
UG As used by St Andrews:Practical Examination = 13%, Coursework = 87%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework project = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr K Keenan
Module teaching staff:Team taught