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Foundations of quantitative methods for sustainable organisations

Online taught

This module aims to familiarise students with quantitative studies and how they are and can be employed in management, economics and for sustainable business.

In the first part of this module, central issues include how quantitative studies relate to differences, associations and relationships in groups and populations.

You will develop your understanding of a wide variety of statistical techniques. More generally you will improve your cognitive skills, effective problem solving and the ability to interpret quantitative studies.

The second part to this module introduces you to the main interconnected economic, social, ecological and governance factors that determine the long-term sustainability of organisations.

It examines how these factors influence each other in sometimes very complex ways to provide the context within which small and large businesses, public service organisations and third sector organisations operate.

Topics covered

Main topics of the module include:

  • Data presentation
  • Measures of central tendency and variation and index numbers
  • Probability and probability distributions
  • Circular economy
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Risk management for sustainability


  • Multiple choice question tests (30%)
  • Online examination (70%)