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Basic Quantitative Analysis | BQA

Basic Quantitative Analysis (BQA)

Building upon the univariate techniques introduced in the Foundations in Applied Statistics (FiAS) module, these sessions aim to provide students with a thorough understanding of statistical methods designed to test associations between two variables (bivariate statistics). Students will learn about the assumptions underlying each test, and will receive practical instruction on how to generate and interpret bivariate results using Stata. It introduces students to four of the most commonly used statistical tests in the social sciences: correlation, chi-square tests, t-tests, and analysis of variance (ANOVA). 

The module is divided between pre-recorded mini-lectures, in which you'll learn the relevant theory, and hands-on live practical sessions in Zoom, in which you will learn how to apply these techniques to analyse real data using the statistical package, Stata. 

You will learn the following techniques:

  • Cross-tabulations
  • Scatterplots
  • Covariance and correlation
  • Nonparametric methods
  • Two-sample t-tests

As well as viewing the pre-recorded mini lectures via Moodle and attending the live lab sessions, students are expected to do a few hours of independent study each week.


Students wishing to take this modules should have:

either successfully completed Foundations in Applied Statistics, including the end-of-module test
or have had previous training in introductory level statistics (verified by the Skill Check)

Students will also need a basic knowledge of Stata. If you have not taken FiAS, and have not learned Stata elsewhere, there are two options: 

  1. Download the materials from "90-minute Stata" and work through them yourself;
  2. Email the SSRMC Administrator to ask whether a space is available for the first of the FiAS lab sessions, where Stata is introduced.

Module Structure

This module is very popular, so we repeat it several times (as six "series"). Each series covers exactly the same material, and is at the same level.

Each series runs over two sessions.

A pre-recorded series of mini-lectures will be available for all students on Wednesday 24th November for Session 1 (totalling two hours), and on Wednesday 11th November for Session 2 (totalling 2 hours).

Michaelmas Term

The live two-hour Zoom lab sessions take place in the afternoon a week apart:

  • BQA 1: 2-4pm on Mons 9th (Session 1) and 16th November 2020 (Session 2)
  • BQA 2: 4-6pm on Mons 9th (Session 1) and 16th November 2020 (Session 2)
  • BQA 3: 2-4pm on Weds 11th (Session 1) and 18th November 2020 (Session 2)
  • BQA 4: 4-6pm on Weds 11th (Session 1) and 18th November 2020 (Session 2)
  • BQA Int: 10-12am (Session 1) and 2-4pm (Session 2); date to be confirmed


Lent Term

The live two-hour Zoom lab sessions take place in the afternoons, in the same week:

  • BQA 5: 2-4pm on Mon 25th (Session 1) and Wed 27th January 2021 (Session 2)
  • BQA 6: 4-6pm on Mon 25th (Session 1) and Wed 27th January 2021 (Session 2)



The module uses the statistical package Stata; this is free to download. Instructions will be provided.


    An end-of-module assessment (open-book online test). Weekly online quizzes are available to help you prepare.

    Textbooks/Reading List

    There is no set text for this module; although recommended readings and all necessary information on the module's Moodle page which will go live on Friday 30th October.


    Bookings for this module (and all other Basic Statistics Stream modules) should be requested via our dedicated BSS booking page. The page contains a booking request form which goes live each year after the SSRMC Induction at the start of Michaelmas Term.