POLS3006 Statistical and Survey Methods for Political Science (3 units)
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The aim of this course is to provide students with a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of quantitative research methods in political studies. It is intended for students who plan to conduct research by designing and implementing their own survey. The course will be divided into three parts. The first part discusses some basic principles of survey research and introduces different research designs as well as survey tools. The second part covers the basic statistical techniques in the data analysis. The final part looks at real-world public opinion surveys and discusses the best practices in writing a research report using quantitative methods. Based on the principle of learning by doing, we will deploy SPSS or R, two major statistical computing packages for social sciences, to conduct research assignments. By the end of the course, students are expected to develop the capabilities to identify puzzles, develop hypotheses and design questions to test hypotheses; collect data, enter data and transform data; and perform basic univariate, bivariate and multivariate data analyses.
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