• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Joanna Sikora
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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In the 21st century sociologists, criminologists and political scientists can access a wealth of information contained in survey data repositories. To enable students to evaluate the quantitative literature and analyse survey data themselves, this course lays the foundations for three types of skills.
Firstly, students will consider the theoretical underpinnings of survey design.  Secondly they will learn about the basics of statistical theory and understand which samples do and do not represent populations of interest. Finally, they will learn to use Stata, a software package that many social scientists choose for data analysis.  The course is based on an inquiry-led pedagogy. Therefore, students will learn while designing and conducting their own research project, based on their investigation of survey data. The project will be written up as a research report that meets basic criteria set for survey-based publications in sociology, criminology or political science.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Read and critique quantitative articles effectively.
  2. Design a basic survey questionnaire with an understanding of concepts that underpin the construction of variables.
  3. Effectively use a range of descriptive and inferential statistics and independently perform a range of survey data analyses including cross-tabulations, t-tests and ordinary least squares regressions to answer specific research questions.
  4. Understand the concept of random sampling and its relationship to statistical inferences.
  5. Write survey analysis reports to professional standards.

Indicative Assessment

Examination,  3 hours (held during the formal examination period) (30%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Assignments, 3000 words  (50%) Learning Outcomes 1-5
Online quizzes, 10 x 15 minutes (1% each, for a total of 10%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Tutorial and lab participation (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-5

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
  • 38 hours of contact: 22 hours of lectures, 9 PC computer laboratories and 7 tutorials
  • 92 hours of independent student research, statistical analysis of survey data, reading and writing
Lectures will be taped.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convenor. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed STAT1008.

Majors

Minors

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 1
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 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
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
4379 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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