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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
Syllabus Chapter I - INTRODUCTION TO QUANTITATIVE METHODOLOGIES
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


Chapter II - SURVEY QUESTIONNAIRE
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

Chapter III - INTERPRETATION OF MAJOR STATISTICAL DATA
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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