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Designing Quantitative Research For Social Science & Health (Module)

Module description

To develop an understanding of research design in quantitative studies (survey and experiments) as well as wider research issues. The assignments provide structured guidance on the practicalities of undertaking quantitative research and will be found useful preparation for further quantitative research in your masters’ dissertation or health services research.

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Formulate appropriate research questions.
  2. Select the most appropriate research design to address a specific research problem.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of common research designs and methods used in quantitative research (survey and experiments).
  4. Design and administer a brief questionnaire and critically discuss its strengths and weaknesses.
  5. Critically review methods used in published social science and health services research.

Indicative Readings:

  1. Bowling, A 2014, Research Methods in Health: Investigating Health and Health Services, Third Edition, Open University Press, Buckingham.
  2. de Vaus, D. A. 2013, Surveys in Social Research. Sixth Edition, Routledge, London.
  3. Gray, D. E. 2009, Doing Research in the Real World, Sage Publications Ltd., London.

Staff information

Professor Karen Glaser

Teaching pattern

Lectures and practicals

Module assessment - more information

1 x 3000 word report (100%)

Key information

Module code 7SSHM502

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No