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2013/2014  BA-6QNM  Quantitative Methods II

English Title
Quantitative Methods II

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Quarter
Course period Third Quarter
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business Administration and Sociology
Course coordinator
  • Mogens Kamp Justesen - Department of Business and Politics (DBP)
Main academic disciplines
  • Statistics and mathematics
  • Methodology
Last updated on 14-08-2013
Learning objectives
The aim of this course is to provide the students with both theoretical and practical knowledge about quantitative methods at an intermediate and advanced level, enabling the student to expand and develop the knowledge and skills achieved in the courses ‘Quantitative Methods I’, ‘Introduction to Research Design’, and ‘Mixed Methods’. On completion of the course, the student should be able to understand the fundamental principles behind the statistical tools introduced in the course and be able to apply these to a specific research problem. Specifically, the students should be able to:
  • Formulate and operationalise a research problem for which one or more of the methods introduced in the course is suitable
  • Account for the underlying principles behind the method(s)
  • Select methods that are appropriate for analyzing particular types of variables
  • Apply the method(s) and interpret the results appropriately in a manner that is relevant to the research problem
  • Reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the applied methods
  • Conduct a quantitative, empirical analysis using the statistics program Stata 12
Course prerequisites
The courses 6TCS Theories of Contemporary Society and 6QNM Quantitative Methods 2 have one intergrated exam. The exam is 15 ECTS. You can only participate in 6QNM Quantitative Methods 2 if you also register for the course: 6TCS Theories of Contemporary Society .

Students are presumed to be familiar with basic descriptive and inferential statistics, and with concepts such as statistical significance, p-values, confidence intervals, correlation, and the role of control variables introduced in Quantitative Methods I. The course is also related to the issues covered in ‘Introduction to Research Design’ (e.g. research design, sampling, and variable measurement) and ‘Mixed Methods’ (e.g. the role of quantitative data in mixed methods designs, strengths and weaknesses of using quantitative data). The course is co-organised with the other 6th semester course ‘Theories of Contemporary Societies II’ (TCS II).
Students conference on quantitative methodology in the analysis of contemporary society:
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 2 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
30 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale Pass / Fail
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Spring Term
Aids allowed to bring to the exam Closed Book
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Description of the exam procedure

The student conference is based on the format of a scientific conference and consists of three elements: 1) a written abstract, 2) an oral presentation, and 3) a discussion initiated by a fellow student, in which the examiners also participate.
The examiners will prepare one or more topics to be analysed by the students. Each student must submit an abstract at a fixed deadline prior to the conference, prepare an oral presentation and act as a discussant for a fellow student. The grading is based on a total assessment of all three elements.
The students are required to be present during the whole session, in which they give their presentation.
More detailed guidelines for the conference exam format will be made available on e-campus when the courses commence.
Learning objectives for the exam
During the students conference, the student must demonstrate that (s)he:

  • has achieved the learning objectives for the courses ‘Theories of Contemporary Society II’ and ‘Quantitative Methods II’ (see under 'Further Information')
  • is able to present a scholarly problem in a coherent fashion, accessible to an audience of peers
  • can deliver an oral presentation on a scholarly topic, adjusted to the allotted timeframe, and
  • can participate in a scholarly debate, providing qualified feed-back to the presentation of his/her peers.
Course content and structure
The course introduces students to quantitative methods at an intermediary level, and includes introductions to regression analysis for continuous and categorical variables. The courses consists of a mix of lectures and applied statistical analysis and exercises in lab sessions. Students are expected to participate actively during lectures and exercises. For the exercises, students will be given assignments, and are expected to make (at least) two presentations in class.
Teaching methods
Lectures and class work
Last updated on 14-08-2013