• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Anthropology, Population Studies, Social Research, Sociology, Demography
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Steven McEachern
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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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

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Generate testable research questions applicable to social research
  2. Design social surveys that can address an identified research question
  3. Identify and evaluate appropriate secondary data sources to address an identified research question
  4. Conduct basic statistical analyses of quantitative research data
  5. Evaluate quantitative social research designs

Indicative Assessment

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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials; and b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Prescribed Texts

de Vaus, D. (2013) Surveys in Social Research. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin

Preliminary Reading

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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Unit value:
6 units

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Year Fee
2018 $3180
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Year Fee
2018 $4860
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8689 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person N/A

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