- Code SOCR8009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology, Demography, Public Health
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Steven McEachern
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2015
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Quantitative research methods are a core element of the methodological tool kit of researchers in the social sciences. This course provides an introduction to the design of quantitative research projects and the collection of quantitative forms of social research data. This course demonstrates how major research questions in social research can be answered using both primary and secondary data collection methods.
The course includes four sections:
(i) developing research questions and research designs
(ii) the design and conduct of social surveys
(iii) accessing and evaluating secondary data sources, and
(iv) an introduction to quantitative data analysis
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Generate testable research questions applicable to social research
- Design social surveys that can address an identified
- Identify and evaluate appropriate secondary data sources
to address an identified research question
- Conduct basic statistical analyses of quantitative
- Evaluate quantitative social research designs
Written essay: Research question identification and justification - 1000 words (20%) (LO 1 & 5)
Written report 1: Survey research methodology and questionnaire design - 3000 words (50%) (LO 2)
Written report 2: Evaluation and quantitative data analysis of secondary data - 2000 words (30%) (LO 3 & 4)
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2 hours of lectures and 1 hour of tutorial per week for 13 weeks. Students are expected to undertake a further 7 hours per week if independent study over the semester (total 130 hours).
Prescribed Textsde Vaus, D. (2013) Surveys in Social Research. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin
Babbie, E. (2013) The Practice of Social Research. Belmont, California: Wadsworth
Dillman, D. (2007) Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, 4th Edition. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-45614-9
Weisberg, H. (2005). The Total Survey Error Approach: A Guide to the New Science of Survey Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|3485||20 Jul 2015||07 Aug 2015||31 Aug 2015||30 Oct 2015||In Person||N/A|