• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences, Social Research, Sociology, Sustainability Science, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Steven McEachern
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course is a comprehensive practicum in survey data analysis. Beginning from a review of the theoretical underpinnings of survey research, students will learn to conceptualise and operationalise research questions suitable to address with population surveys.

The second part of the course will focus on sampling techniques; which samples can be considered to be representative and how survey results can be interpreted.

A large part of the course will be devoted to learning how to analyse data in PASW Statistics. Students will also learn to write data analysis reports based on their own analysis of recent Australian and international surveys. 


Learning Outcomes

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


  • After completing the course students will read and critique quantitative articles with greater understanding. They will be able to design a basic survey questionnaire with an understanding of concepts underpinning the construction of variables. Moreover they will learn how to optimally use a range of descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Students will understand the concept of random sampling and its relationship to statistical inferences. They will be able to independently perform a range of survey data analyses including cross-tabulations, t-tests and ordinary least square regressions to answer various research questions. The course will also provide an opportunity to learn how to write survey data analysis reports to professional standards.

Indicative Assessment

Examination (35%), assignments (55%) and tutorial and lab participation (10%).

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14 hours of lectures, 8 hours of tutorials and 10 x one hour computer laboratory sessions. 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




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

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Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3576
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3326 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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