Why is it important?
Quantitative research and statistics are a key component of social sciences research. Researchers often gather data by observing people's actions or behaviours, and using data collection tools such as surveys or questionnaires. The purpose of this research is to gain an understanding of human behaviour, reaction and psychology.
Whilst completing your degree at Solent, you may be asked to conduct a research project which requires quantitative methods. This can be anything from marketing to psychology, sociology to sports science, and other subjects which look at human behaviour and how people influence the world around them.
How do I do it?
This course aims to introduce the principles of quantitative research methods - what they are, and how students can use them as part of a research project or dissertation. The course will also explore statistical analysis (a key feature of quantitative research) using the software SPSS by IBM.
Students can download and install SPSS on their personal devices by visiting this page.
You should start with Part 1, where you will be introduced to quantitative research and data collection methods in a broader sense. This part of the course is incredibly important, as having a poorly-constructed research plan can lead to huge difficulties and poor outcomes when later trying to analyse data.
Once you have devised a plan for your quantitative research, revisit Part 2 and Part 3 to learn more about how to use SPSS and how to conduct the specific statistical tests needed for your research project.