- Code SOCR3001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Social Research
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Matthew Gray
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2019
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This course will provide students with an understanding of how data is currently used to inform decision making and how data might be used more effectively to inform business, service delivery and policy questions. The course will build on student knowledge across a range of analytical techniques with a focus on the practical application of these techniques to real world problems. It is structured around a number of case studies drawn from business, the community sector and the public sector. Key themes include:
- the ways in which data and empirical analysis can help inform real world decisions;
- strengths and weaknesses of different types of data and empirical evidence;
- the assumptions underlying some of the main analytical techniques used in decision making; and,
- how to use data persuasively- how to used data in a tactical and strategic way.
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:
- Interpret data to inform real world decisions;
- Understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of different types of data for informing decision making;
- Develop robust analytical questions and identify the most effective techniques to answer these questions;
- Communicate complex data to a non-specialist audience; and,
- Assess the robustness of data for decision making.
Indicative AssessmentClass participation (10%) LO1-5
Written Critique (1,500 words, 30%) LO1-5
Data Report (2,500 words, 40%) LO1-5
Oral presentation of data report (Assignment 2) (10 minutes, 20%) LO4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: face-to-face lectures, tutorials and online activities.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsTo be provided on the course Wattle site.
Assumed KnowledgeBasic understanding of key social research methods.
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