- Code SOCR8001
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Social Research
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Population Studies, Sociology, Demography, Epidemiology
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Brian Houle
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2020
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This course provides an introduction to basic statistics with an emphasis on statistical concepts and methods commonly applied in social research. Lecture topics cover measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central location and dispersion, sampling distribution of statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis test, Chi-squared test, correlation and linear regression. Teaching is provided through lectures and computer training sessions. No previous knowledge of statistics is assumed, however, a sound knowledge of basic mathematics and spreadsheets is required. The course will equip students with the skills required to assess the validity of common statistical tests used in quantitative research.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the nature of statistical data;
- undertake univariate and bivariate statistical tests as appropriate;
- construct an argument using theory and data; and
- choose appropriate methods for presenting research results.
- Ten online quizzes (50) [LO 1,2,4]
- Class presentation (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- In-class test (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of computer lab.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing
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