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Management and description of quantitative data

The purpose of the course is to give the student a practical introduction to basic statistics. The course includes an overview of basic statistical concept and measurements. After the course, the student will be able to manage quantitative data materials and generate descriptive statistics using statistical software, as well to present and interpret these statistics.

  • Course structure

    The course consists of nine sessions, divided into A and B, offered through zoom.

    Anders Ledberg is responsible for the A-sessions. During these, he will provide a summary of the topic at hand (largely based on the literature). There will also be activities such as group discussions. Each session ends with a Q&A.

    Ylva B Almquist is responsible for most B-sessions. These sessions take the form of workshops. You will be divided into groups and do practical exercises with Stata. Each session starts with a 30-minute introduction to the workshop, and ends with a 1-hour wrap-up. In between, the groups work with a task that is specified beforehand – the group members decide among themselves on how to structure their work.

    Preparations for the sessions consist of readings, videos, and individual exercises. There will be detailed instructions on how to prepare in advance of each session. The required reading will not be extensive. The videos are walkthroughs of chapters in the Stata guide, accompanied by individual exercises.  

    You will find more information in the course description:

    Course description PH08A0-PH10A0 2022 (194 Kb)


    The examination consists of three individual assignments (one per course) which are basically compilations of the work you have been doing during the B-sessions.


    Ylva B. Almquist

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.

    A detailed schedule for this course will be presented to all registered students in Athena, and in the course description (available above under 'Course structure').

  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Course managers

    Anders Ledberg:
    Ylva B Almquist:


    Contact information for Master's students

    Study counsellor
    Study administrator
    Coordinator, master's programme
    Director of Studies, Basic and advanced levels