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Applied statistics for social scientists 7.5 credits

Tillämpad statistik för ekonomer och samhällsvetare
First cycle, G0018N
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2023 Sp 3 - Present
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Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
Business statistics
Subject group (SCB)
Business Administration
Main field of study
Business Administration, Economics

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and completed the course Basic statistics (S0009M) 7,5 credits, or equivalent, with at least the grade Pass.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After completing the course, the student is expected to be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • Explain key concepts regarding data collection
  • Explain basic concepts in multivariate analysis
Skills and abilities
  • Develop a quantitative study design based on a relevant research question
  • Collect, process and analyse, mainly quantitative data related to the own study area
  • Use relevant software to present, process and analyse data
  • Present the collected data and the results of the processing and analysis of the data, orally and in writing
A bility to value and critically analyse
  • Critically analyse studies and findings based on statistical analysis

  • Primary- and secondary data
  • Study design and implementation based on primary or secondary data
  • Quantitative methods for analysis (such as multiple regression, factor analysis and logistic regression)
  • Inference
  • Presentation of data and analysis, in text as well as in tables and figures

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.

Teaching occurs in the form of self-studies, lectures, laboratory work and seminars. The students work on designing and implementing their own study. The course realization may be in English.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.

The course is examined through seminars, written report and an individual written exam. At the seminars, the grades Fail or Pass are given. At the written exam and report, the grades Fail, Pass, and Pass with honors are given. For the grade Pass with honors on the course, the higher degree must be given on both the exam and report. Students who have received Pass with honors on the exam and the grade Pass on the report have however a possibility to conduct a special oral exam for the higher grade on the course.

The re-examination may be carried out orally.

Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact ETKS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Replaces the courses N0039N and G0013N. Due to similar content, the course cannot be included in a degree together with the courses N0039N, G0013N or any other course with similar content.

Kristina Ek

Literature. Valid from Spring 2023 Sp 3
When the course is given in Swedish:
Djurfeldt och Barmark (red). 2011. Statistisk verktygslåda 2 – multivariat analys. Studentlitteratur.
Reference literature:
Barmark och Djurfeldt. 2020. Statistisk verktygslåda 0 – att förstå och förändra världen med siffor. Studentlitteratur.
Any additional material is provided through Canvas.

When the course is given in English:
Alwan, L.C., Craig, B.A., McCabe, G.P. 2020. The Practice of Statistics for Business and Economics, fifth edition. Macmillan International.
Any additional material is provided through Canvas.

Course offered by
Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0001SeminarsU G#1.50MandatoryS23
0002ReportU G VG3.00MandatoryS23
0003Written examU G VG3.00MandatoryS23

Syllabus established
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts 14 Jun 2022

Last revised