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Basic Quantitative Analysis | BQA

Basic Quantitative Analysis (BQA)

Building upon the univariate techniques introduced in the Foundations in Applied Statistics 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 lectures, in which students learn the relevant theory, and hands-on practical sessions, in which they will learn how to apply these techniques to the analysis of real data.

Techniques to be covered include:

  • Cross-tabulations
  • Scatterplots
  • Covariance and correlation
  • Nonparametric methods
  • Two-sample t-tests
  • Ordinary Least Squares (OLS)

For best results, students should expect to do a few hours of private study and spend a little extra time in the computer labs, in addition to coming to class.


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 five "series"). Each series covers exactly the same material, and is at the same level. Each series runs over two days a week apart, with a two-hour lecture in the morning and a two-hour lab session in the afternoon. The intensive series runs over a single day.

  • BQA 1: 10am-12 noon AND 2-4pm on Mons 9th and 16th November 2020
  • BQA 2: 10am-12 noon AND 4-6pm on Mons 9th and 16th November 2020
  • BQA 3: 10am-12 noon AND 2-4pm on Weds 11th and 18th November 2020
  • BQA 4: 10am-12 noon AND 4-6pm on Weds 11th and 18th November 2020
  • BQA Int: 9am-6pm tbc


The statistical package Stata


  • Weekly online quizzes to check progress 
  • An end-of-module assessment (open-book online test)

Textbooks/Reading List

There is no set text for this module; all necessary information is given in lectures and lab sessions, but a list of relevant sources can be found on the module's Moodle page.


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.