Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

POL40950 Introduction to Statistics

Introduction to the use of data for statistical analysis in political science. The module will introduce concepts such as measurement, variables, statistical data, and provide an introduction to basic descriptive statistics summarizing numerical data, both graphically and numerically. It will introduce the basics of statistical inference, drawing conclusions about populations on the basis of sample data, using the basic operations of hypothesis tests and regression analysis.

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- basic understanding of working with SPSS, Stata, or R (choice of student)
- being able to summarize and describe statistical data
- basic understanding of (frequentist) statistical inference
- basic understanding of executing and interpreting multiple regression
- preliminary understanding of logistic regression 
Item Workload


Autonomous Student Learning




Description % of Final Grade Timing
Continuous Assessment: Homework assignment 1


Week 3
Continuous Assessment: Homework assignment 2


Week 6
Continuous Assessment: Homework assignment 3


Week 9
Continuous Assessment: Homework assignment 4


Week 12


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module and the module is on offer the following semester, you must repeat the module. You should register for repeating the module at the start of the following semester. If the module is NOT running in the following semester then there will be a resit available in the form of an ‘in semester’ assessment. You should register for this ‘in semester assessment’ at the start of the following semester. Note that it is YOUR responsibility to contact the Module Coordinator to find out what the ‘in semester assessment’ will be and when it will take place.

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