• Offered by School of Demography
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Social Research, Statistics
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Brian Houle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course provides an introduction to basic statistics with an emphasis on statistical concepts and methods commonly applied in social research. Lecture topics cover measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central location and dispersion, sampling distribution of statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis test, Chi-squared test, correlation and linear regression. Teaching is provided through lectures and computer training sessions. No previous knowledge of statistics is assumed, however, a sound knowledge of basic mathematics and spreadsheets is required. The course will equip students with the skills required to assess the validity of common statistical tests used in quantitative research.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the nature of statistical data.
  2. Undertake univariate and bivariate statistical tests as appropriate.
  3. Construct an argument using theory and data.
  4. Choose appropriate methods for presenting research results.

Indicative Assessment

Ten online quizzes (50%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 4]

Class presentation (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

In-class test (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Workload

Lecture: 1 hour per week

Computer Lab: 2 hours per week

Outside class time students will be expected to spend around seven hours per week on exercises and assessment tasks.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Graduate Certificate in Social Research or Master of Social Research. Alternatively you may gain permission of the Course Convener to enrol in this course.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3480
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3981 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

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