# POL269 Political Data Research

# About this course

## Module overview

This module provides essential research training in the use of **quantitative methods in the political and social sciences**. We introduce you to how we use quantitative data to learn about the political world, by teaching you the **theory behind quantitative data analysis** and giving you **hands-on experience in using the statistical software R**. The course is, therefore, particularly useful for those interested in a future career in data analytics or in becoming critical consumers of quantitative research. The module caters to students from diverse academic disciplines and adopts a practical approach to learning, with weekly computer tutorials.

The module covers **descriptive statistics, data visualisation, data access, probability, sampling, hypothesis testing, inferential statistics and linear regression**. Students will be introduced to the `R`

statistical software and work with data used in current academic research.

Teaching, both lectures and tutorials, will be delivered **online via QMPlus**.

## Advice and Feedback Hours

**Please make use of our advice and feedback hours!**

My advice and feedback hours are **Monday 09:30-10:30** and **Tuesday 13:00-14:00**. You can book your slot via Calendly. These meetings will take place via Teams. If you need to meet outside these hours, please email and we can try and arrange a new date.

Some groupsâ€™ tutorials will be run by **Matthew Barnfield**. His advice and feedback hour is **Wednesday at 14:00-15:00**. The link to join the meeting is here. There is no need to book in advance.

**Please note that due to Covid-19 restrictions, we cannot meet in person.**