Quantitative research methods

Offer semester
2nd semester

Lecture time
Monday 15:30 – 17:20

Lecture venue

Course description

This course provides an overview of quantitative research methods in the social sciences. It is intended to provide a foundation for an understanding of the major approaches in the social sciences to the collection and analysis of quantitative data, and the specification and testing of theories. The course covers the logic of scientific inquiry and various research techniques such as experimentation, scientific sampling, survey research, archival research, and quantitative analysis that are commonly used by researchers in sociology, economics, psychology, education, and political science.

There is no prerequisite for this course. Knowledge of introductory sociology and statistics is helpful but not necessary.

Course learning outcomes

1. Formulate research questions and select appropriate research methods to answer them.
2. Critically evaluate the assumptions, strengths and weaknesses of different forms of quantitative
3. Design, conduct and present research projects using primary and secondary data.
4. Review and evaluate findings from local and global surveys.
5. Apply ethical principles and a variety of quantitative research methods in conducting research.


Lecture/tutorial attendance and participation20%
Questionnaire design20%
Final project40%

Required reading

Babbie, Earl R. (2016). The Practice of Social Research (14th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Recommended reading

Singleton, Royce A., & Straits, Bruce C. (2018). Approaches to Social Research (6th ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

Treiman, Donald. (2009). Quantitative Data Analysis: Doing Social Research to Test Ideas. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

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