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    Using quantitative methods in your dissertation

    If you are planning to use quantitative methods in your dissertation these resources are designed to help you. Please note that we can only provide general guidelines and you should always check that your supervisor is happy with your approach.

    This document poses some questions that you need to think about before you start your dissertation.

    This is a short guide to planning a survey.


    Statistics underpins research in many subject areas and you might need to include some statistical analysis in your final-year dissertation.

    This glossary provides a brief explanation of some terms that are commonly used in statistics.

    This flowchart gives a quick guide to choosing the appropriate statistical test for your data and research question. It includes brief instructions on using Minitab and SPSS to perform the tests.  It is designed for you to work through following the links on the slides rather than the side menu.

    This quiz is about different types of graph and chart and when to use them.


    The resources below provide a brief mathematical overview of some common statistical tests.

    Other websites:


    • Rowntree, D. (2018) Statistics without Tears: An introduction for Non-Mathematicians (This gives a readable introduction to what statistical terms mean.)
    • Modern Elementary Statistics, John E. Freund, 10th Ed., Prentice Hall, 519 FRE.
    • Introductory Statistics, Thomas H. Wonnacott and Ronald J. Wonnacott, 5th E.d, Wiley, 519 Won.
    • Introduction to Probability and Statistics, William Mendenhall and Robert J. Beaver, 9th Ed., Duxbury Press, 519 MEN.
    • Schaum’s Outlines, Introduction to Probability and Statistics, 519.2 LIP.

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