Quantitative Stream Assignments

Complete three short assignments

Participants on the quantitative stream who require credit must complete three short assignments from the following selection.


4pm Friday March 9th, 2018 (for all three assignments)


Please address any queries regarding specific assignment questions, or any general queries regarding submission, file formats and extensions etc., to Brendan.Halpin@ul.ie.


Please submit your assignments to Sulis or by e-mail to Brendan.Halpin@ul.ie. Files should be saved as Open Document Format, PDF, Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format documents. Please do not assume successful delivery until you have received a submission receipt. Please see the resources folder for instructions on submitting to Sulis.


Unit B1: Correlation and Regression

The assessment for Unit B1 is drawn from chapters 8, 10 and 11 of Agresti and Finlay. Please complete exercises 8.13, 8.27, 8.28, 10.29, 11.8, 11.19 and 11.23. A scan of the questions is provided.

Unit B2: Categorical Data Analysis

The assessment for Unit B2, Categorical Data Analysis, is drawn from chapters 8 and 15 of Agresti and Finlay. Please complete exercises 8.16, 8.23, 8.24, 15.3, 15.4 and 15.8 (note there is a typo in q15.8, please add "-1.62P2" at the end of the formula). A scan of the questions is provided.

Unit B3: Secondary Data Analysis

The assignment consists in using secondary data to carry out a mini research project on a topic of your choice. Using secondary data available through the ISSDA or the ESS), or any other data to which you have access, identify a interesting research question that can be addressed. Conduct the analysis and write it up in a brief report, appending the minimal Stata do-file used to generate the results. Marks will be given for the substantive interest of the research question, the appropriateness of the data for the question, the appropriateness and correctness of the analytical methods used, the correctness and clarity of the conclusions drawn, and the clarity of the presentation.

Policy on Late Submission of Assignments

Students are required to submit assignments by the deadline, using the submission procedure specified for that assignment.

What penalties are imposed if this deadline is missed?

Where an extension has not been agreed in advance, or where a student submits an essay after the agreed extensions has expired, a penalty will be imposed for late submission. For the first day that elapses between the expiration of the deadline and the receipt of the work by the co-ordinator, 5 percentage points will be deducted from the student’s mark for that assignment. Assignments received after the 24 hour period has lapsed will attract a mark of zero.

How can students apply for an extension?

The quantitative stream co-ordinator may at his discretion and for good cause sanction an extension to individual students. In order to be granted an extension, students will be required to present a medical certificate or other evidence of a compelling reason for late submission. This must be in writing. In the first instance, students seeking an extension should contact the staff member who is convenor of the relevant module. On submission of the assignment, the written authorisation for an extension should be attached to any such late assignments.

When should students apply for an extension?

Students can apply for an extension a minimum of 24 hours in advance of the deadline by submitting a written request by e-mail for such an extension. This is so that students can be informed in writing prior to the assignment deadline whether or not the extension has been granted.

What about further extensions?

On a discretionary basis, the co-ordinator may allow further extensions.

Grading scale

Letter Award EquivalentQuality Point Value (QPV)Percentage EquivalentRemarks
A1 First Honours4.0075+ 
A2 First Honours3.6070-74 
B1 Honours 2.13.2065-69 
B2 Honours 2.13.0060-64 
B3 Honours 2.22.8055-59 
C1 Honours 2.22.6050-54 
C2 Third Honours2.4045-49 
C3 Third Honours2.0040-44 
D1 Compensating Fail1.6035-39 
D2 Compensating Fail1.2030-34 
F Fail0.00Less than 30No credit awarded
NG No Grade0.00  No credit awarded


All sources should be accurately referenced using the Harvard referencing system as elaborated in the UL Cite it Right document. This document can be accessed at: http://www.ul.ie/~library/pdf/citeitright.pdf or through the left hand menu of this application.

All participants are required to familiarise themselves with the Department of Sociology plagiarism policy which is available from: http://www.ul.ie/sociology/index.php?pagid=11.

Please note that all cases of plagiarism will be reported and penalised.