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Research Techniques and Data Analysis

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles and techniques of statistics used in social science research. My approach involves extensive use of examples from real research to illustrate ideas, applications, and interpretations of statistics. Students will also have an opportunity to apply the techniques learned in class to actual data. I should emphasize up front that this is NOT a mathematics course. Students are expected to understand the basic rules of math, but the focus will be on selecting, applying, and interpreting statistical techniques for data analyses. Overall, this course is intended to get students thinking about why statistics are important to social science research and when and how to apply relevant statistical techniques to answer specific questions.

SOCIOL 3H06

Research Techniques and Data Analysis

Unit(s): 6.0 Level(s): III Term(s): Summer Offered?: Yes

This course provides an introduction to the basic principles and techniques of statistics used in social science research. My approach involves extensive use of examples from real research to illustrate ideas, applications, and interpretations of statistics. Students will also have an opportunity to apply the techniques learned in class to actual data. I should emphasize up front that this is NOT a mathematics course. Students are expected to understand the basic rules of math, but the focus will be on selecting, applying, and interpreting statistical techniques for data analyses. Overall, this course is intended to get students thinking about why statistics are important to social science research and when and how to apply relevant statistical techniques to answer specific questions.


Gerald Bierling

Prerequisite(s): Registration in any program in Sociology. Students in Honours Anthropology and Labour Studies will have second priority Not open to students with credit or registration in any six units of Research Methods as prescribed by all other Social Sciences programs; or with credit or registration in any Statistics courses with the exception of STATS 1A03, 1CC3, STATS 1L03, STATS 2D03, STATS 3S03, STATS 3U03, 4H03.