• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Research
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Politics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Matthew Kerby
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and introductory tools associated with quantitative methodology in political science. Course content includes topics such as descriptive statistics, basic probability, and inference and regression analysis. Students are not presumed to have a strong background in mathematics, only a willingness to participate and learn is required.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. explain the complexity of contemporary politics from the perspective of solid research design and empirical analysis;
  2. apply a range of basic descriptive and inferential quantitative techniques to analyse political phenomena;
  3. generate, explain and visualize descriptive and basic inferential statistics for political phenomena using the Stata statistical software package; and
  4. apply relevant concepts and techniques to complete a research project and presentation suitable for delivery at a graduate-level political science conference.

Indicative Assessment

  1. In class participation (quizzes/short in-class presentations) (20) [LO 1,2]
  2. 10 short assessments (500 words each + code, output and visualisations) (40) [LO 2,3]
  3. Final Exam or Research Essay Paper (5000 words + code, output and visualizations) (40%) or two-hour sit down exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

260 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 36 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 212 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

There are no prescribed texts assigned for this course.

Students looking to use a textbook as a reference are referred to Diez et al. OpenIntro Statistics, 4th ed., available for free at https://leanpub.com/openintro-statistics

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3641 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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