Fall 2023 - SA 355 D100

Quantitative Methods (S) (4)

Class Number: 2759

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 6 – Dec 5, 2023: Thu, 1:30–5:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    SA 255 and SA 257.



Examines the methods, concepts and statistical procedures central to quantitative sociological research. Emphasizing the meaningful application of statistical analysis to social issues, the course provides intermediate quantitative research skills. Students use statistics software to conduct applicable statistical analyses and interpret results. Quantitative.


This course offers an introduction to quantitative research methods in sociology, moving from basic to intermediate statistical methods. In particular, we will cover the important role statistics play within social research, not as ends unto themselves, but as tools or instruments for engaging with relevant research questions and real-world issues and testing social theories. For this purpose we use a textbook that distinguishes and identifies linkages between descriptive and inferential statistics, helping to enrich our understanding of both. I also combine non-computational lessons on the logic and conceptual aspects of these techniques with examples and applications using data from Canadian and other national contexts. To these ends, weekly lectures are supplemented with handson activities exploring and analyzing large datasets using SPSS. The course will help prepare you for more advanced courses in statistical methods.


Cognitive Affective Psychomotor
1. Describe and appreciate the role of descriptive and inferential statistics within sociological research  4. Compare and contrast student fears, motivations and interest related to statistical analysis 7. Perform QUAL and QUANT analysis to understand and explain social phenomena
2. Select appropriate statistics for a given purpose and variable(s); analyze and interpret their meaning  5. Participate in developing a community of practice for statistical inquiry  8. Adapt and reorganize QUAL and QUANT data analysis to coordinate a MM research project 
3. Critically evaluate univariate, bivariate and multivariate statistics in the research of others  6. Appraise and justify statistical information as a tool for social research  9. Improve efficiency in doing QUAL,  QUANT and MM social research 


  • Participation 15%
  • Assignment #1 15%
  • Assignment #2 15%
  • Assignment #3 20%
  • Final Projects 35%


Grading: Where a final exam is scheduled and the student does not write the exam or withdraw from the course before the deadline date, an N grade will be assigned. Unless otherwise specified on the course syllabus, all graded assignments for this course must be completed for a final grade other than N to be assigned. An N is considered as an F for the purposes of scholastic standing.

Grading System: The Undergraduate Course Grading System is as follows:

A+ (95-100) | A (90-94) | A- (85-89) | B+ (80-84) | B (75-79) | B- (70-74) | C+ (65-69) | C (60-64) | C- (55-59) | D (50-54) | F (0-49) | N*
*N standing to indicate the student did not complete course requirements

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Statistics A Tool for Social Research and Data Analysis, 5th Edition (2022), Joseph F. Healey, Christopher Donoghue, Steven Prus


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Registrar Notes:


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