- Code SOCY2038
- Unit Value 6 units
- 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
- Dr Joanna Sikora
- Mode of delivery In Person
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 OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Read and critique quantitative articles effectively.
- Design a basic survey questionnaire with an understanding of concepts that underpin the construction of variables.
- 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.
- Understand the concept of random sampling and its relationship to statistical inferences.
- Write survey analysis reports to professional standards.
Indicative AssessmentExamination, 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
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Workload130 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
Requisite and Incompatibility
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|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|