Introduction to Quantitative Research Methods (13-14)
(IQRM 12-13_1)


The aim of this course is to prepare students to choose the most appropriate quantitative (statistical) method and effectively apply it to answer a research question. A framework will be provided for basic descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to show how the choice of data analysis methodology is determined by the question asked and the nature of data available/recorded. The objectives are to (i) learn the main types of basic descriptive and inferential statistical analyses applied in environmental research and their specific tasks, (ii) appreciate assumptions and limitations of the analyses, (iii) be able to run these analyses in Excel and SPSS for Windows, and (iv) know how to interpret the outputs produced.