• Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Social Research, Statistics, Demography, Criminology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicholas Biddle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Winter Session 2018
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This course provides students with an introduction to advanced topics in survey data analysis and will provide several important extensions: (1) dealing with sample selection bias and endogeneity bias in survey data (instrumental variable regression and Heckman selection correction); (2) using panel data to control for unobserved heterogeneity (fixed effects and random effects models); (3) modelling the time to an event (survival analysis) and (4) multi-level modelling for hierarchical or clustered data.  Students will gain experience in using the Stata statistical software package to apply these methods to survey data.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Identify possible issues, impacts, and consequences of sample bias.
  2. Describe how panel data can be used to control for unobserved heterogeneity (a potential cause of endogeneity bias in cross-sectional data) and apply to real-world data.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to model the dynamics of cross-sectional populations using survival analysis.
  4. Identify instances of hierarchical/clustered social science datasets and apply multi-level models for working with such data.

Other Information

Students who have completed the prerequisite course(s) will already have been introduced to basic multivariate statistical methods for analysing survey data. 

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial exercises to be undertaken in class, each 30 minutes in duration, and each be a maximum of 400 words each (totalling 1600 words.)
- Tutorial exercise 1 (10%) - LO1
- Tutorial exercise 2 (10%) - LO2
- Tutorial exercise 3 (10%) - LO3
- Tutorial exercise 4 (10%) - LO4
Small data analysis project (20%, 1800 – 2000 words) - LO1-4
Take-home examination (40%, 2400 words) - LO1-4  

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Students are expected to complete 130 hours of study for this course, which includes 36 hours of contact and 94 hours of independent learning. Contact hours will be delivered as either:
a) One ninety minute lecture and one ninety minute tutorial / computer training session each week (12 week offering) or
b) 36 hours of lectures and tutorials taught intensively

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in ths course you must have successfully completed DEMO8007/SOCR8001 and DEMO8014/SOCR8002 or permission of the convenor based on equivalent study. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCR8007



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
2018 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $5160
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6894 01 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 20 Jul 2018 30 Sep 2018 In Person N/A

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