Competencies and objectives


Course context for academic year 2022-23

The scientific study of crime implies the ability to measure it. In this Quantitative and Qualitative Research Techniques class, students are expected to acquire the cognitive and procedural skills that will allow them to overcome the epistemological, methodological and technical difficulties inherent to the analysis of delinquency. Crime is a complex and multidimensional concept as it is related to an heterogenious range of behaviors, variables and phenomena. In many cases, the scientist finds it difficult to access criminological quantitative or qualitative data since crime is often a phenomenon or behavior that remains hidden. Moreover, there is no unification in the data sources that often provide with partial or incomplete information.



Course content (verified by ANECA in official undergraduate and Master’s degrees)

General Competences (CG)

  • CG.1 : Capacity to find, analyse and synthesise information.
  • CG.2 : Capacity for teamwork: collaborating with others and contributing towards a common project.
  • CG.3 : Capacity for self-learning and adapting to new situations.
  • CG.4 : Capacity to take decisions, putting one's knowledge into practice and handling technical instruments.
  • CG.5 : Capacity for criticism and self criticism.


General Competences acquired at University of Alicante (CGUA)

  • CGUA.2 : Ability to use information and communications technologies in one's professional life.
  • CGUA.3 : Capacity for oral and written communication.


Specific Competences (CE)

  • CE10 : Be able to explain and summarise empirical information and results of research into crime, victimisation and response to crime and deviation, and evaluate the methodology used (identify which methodology is the most appropriate, its ethical principles, results, etc.).
  • CE11 : Be able to draft a criminological report.
  • CE3 : Be able to extract and synthesise information from different sources, including: handling information and communication technologies, designing and applying appropriate research strategies for compiling data using quantitative and qualitative methods, and being able to apply basic statistical techniques to questions related to crime and victimisation when necessary.
  • CE5 : Be able to provide an analytical explanation of diversity and social inequality, as well as its consequences relating to criminal acts, victimisation and responses to crime and deviation.




Learning outcomes (Training objectives)

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Specific objectives stated by the academic staff for academic year 2022-23

To apply the scientific method to the analysis of the criminal phenomenon.
To design a social research project in Criminology.
To apply quantitative and qualitative research techniques of data collection in Criminology
To introduce the student to the basic use of computer statistics software for to primary and secondary data analysis.
To critically analyze the results obtained from a scientific social research process.
To prepare and present scientific analytical reports.





Code: 18512
Lecturer responsible:
Credits ECTS: 9,00
Theoretical credits: 1,60
Practical credits: 2,00
Distance-base hours: 5,40

Departments involved

    Theoretical credits: 1,6
    Practical credits: 2
    This Dept. is responsible for the course.
    This Dept. is responsible for the final mark record.

Study programmes where this course is taught