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Quantitative Methodologies

Code 13125
Year 2
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Sociology
Entry requirements Not applicable
Mode of delivery face-to-face
Work placements not applicable
Learning outcomes - To understand the steps of a process based on quantitative research
- To increase the skills in the construction of quantitative research instruments (questionnaire, its construction and application)
- Understand and interpret the main statistical data used in social sciences analysis
At the end of CU, students should be able to:
- Design a quantitative research project;
- Build and apply quantitative research instruments(questionnaire surveys);
- Recognize and interpret the main statistical data in social sciences
1. Quantitative methodologies and social theory
2. Quantitative expression of the relationship between variables
3. Quantitative analysis techniques and hypothetical-deductive methodologies
3.1. The hypothesis
3.2. Concepts operationalization
4. Sampling Techniques

1. Context of inquiry and questionnaire design
2. What to ask and how to ask
2.1. Open questions, closed and semi-closed
2.2. Scales of attitudes
2.3. Multiple response questions
3. Implementation of the survey
4. Database construction

1. Ordinal variables, nominal variables
1.1. The dummy variables
2. Covariance analysis
3. Mean, median and ANOVA
4. Pearson correlation and Chi-square
5. Multiple Regression - advantages and modalities.
6. Interpretation of factor analysis
Main Bibliography ALMEIDA, J. Ferreira de. e PINTO, J. Madureira (1990), A Investigação nas Ciências Sociais, Lisboa: Presença
BRYMAN, Alan e CRAMER, Duncan (2003), Análise de Dados em Ciências Sociais, Oeiras: Celta
COMBESSIE, Jean-Claude (2001), La méthode en sociologie, Paris: La Découverte
FINK, Arlene (2003), How to ask survey questions, Londres: Sage
FINK, Arlene (2003), How to manage, analyse and interpret survey data, Londres: Sage
FODDY, William (1996), Como Perguntar: teoria e prática da construção de perguntas em entrevistas e questionários, Oeiras: Celta
JAVEAU, Claude (1988), L’enquête par questionnaire: manuel à l’usage du praticien, Bruxelas: Éditions de l’Université de Bruxelles
MARCONI, Marina A. e LAKATOS, Eva Mª (1988), Técnicas de Pesquisa, São Paulo: Atral
RAGIN, Charles C. (1994), Constructing Social Research, Thousand Oaks: Pine Forge Press
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Written test (60%); Group essay (30%); Attendance and participation (10%)
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2017-06-22

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