• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Social Research

This course will provide students with a detailed understanding of the main techniques for the collection of social science data that is relevant to policy, business and service delivery decisions. Students will be well placed to design and undertaken their own research and to commission others to undertake design, fieldwork and analysis.

Content will cover quantitative surveys (questionnaire design, fieldwork techniques (CATI, online, f2f), cognitive testing) and qualitative methods (in-depth interviews, focus groups, observational techniques), sampling, weighting and assessing representativeness of data, total survey error, creation of data sets for analysis using administrative data, cross-sectional versus longitudinal data.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Identify testable research questions applicable to the social sciences.
2. Discuss in detail the strengths and weaknesses of different types of data.
3. Design a rigorous quantitative empirical strategy.
4. Design a rigorous qualitative empirical strategy.
5. Adjust survey, qualitative and administrative data for analysis by others.
 

Indicative Assessment

Class participation (5%) LO1-5
Assignment 1 - Development and testing of a survey instrument, with justification (1,500 words, 15%) LO1,2
Assignment 2 - Development of an empirical strategy for qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods data (3,500 words, 35%) LO1,3,4
Oral presentation - Discussion of an empirical strategy (10 minutes, 20%) LO3,4,5
Class test (2 hours, 25%) LO2,5
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: made up of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and online activities; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed SOCR8201 and SOCR8202, or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

To be provided on the course Wattle site.

Indicative Reading List

Selected chapters from:
  • Bryman, A. (2012). Social research methods. Oxford university press.
  • Groves, R. M., Fowler Jr, F. J., Couper, M. P., Lepkowski, J. M., Singer, E., & Tourangeau, R. (2011). Survey methodology. John Wiley & Sons.

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
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1696 01 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 19 Jan 2018 31 Mar 2018 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4208 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

Autumn Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
5642 01 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 20 Apr 2018 30 Jun 2018 In Person

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
6710 01 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 30 Sep 2018 In Person

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9246 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
9595 01 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 19 Oct 2018 31 Dec 2018 In Person

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