- Class Number 4075
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Bronwyn Loong
- Dr Bronwyn Loong
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Quantitative Research Methods provides basic training in the gathering, description and analysis of quantitative information in the social, business, management and financial sciences.
This is a course in basic research methods including discussions of: data gathering issues and techniques; sources of data and potential biases; graphical and numerical data description techniques including simple linear regression, sampling behaviour of averages and the Central Limit Theorem; point and interval estimation procedures; concepts in hypothesis testing for comparing two populations, simple and multiple linear regression; p-values and significance levels.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Compare and contrast different sampling methodologies and assess suitability for a range of situations;
- Discuss different types of variables and produce appropriate graphical and numerical descriptive statistics;
- Explain and apply probability rules and concepts relating to a range discrete and continuous random variables;
- Describe the importance of the Central Limit Theorem and its uses and applications;
- Use concepts of estimation, including point and interval estimators;
- Perform and interpret hypothesis tests for a range of situations;
- Perform and interpret simple and multiple linear regressions; and,
- Use technology to perform statistical analysis, and interpret statistical software output.
In order to investigate new fields, make sense of new areas and tackle new problems, we need appropriate tools to explore and summarise data, graphically and numerically, deal with the variation it presents and make decisions under uncertainty. This course will use examples from varied areas to introduce statistical tools, methods and ways of thinking to students and prepare them for future courses, work and research projects. The assignment will also require students to source their own data set for analysis and independently formulate their own research question.
Additional Course Costs
The purchase of a scientific calculator.
Examination Material or equipment
The mid-semester and final exams will be centrally timetabled by Examinations, Graduations & Prizes prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. The exams will be administered online by the lecturer. All exams and quizzes will be open book and all materials are permitted.
The required textbook is Basic Business Statistics (2019, 5th edition) by Mark L. Berenson, David M. Levine, Kathryn A. Szabat, Martin O'Brien, Nicola Jayne and Judith Watson.
Electronic copies of the textbook are available for short term loan in the library here: https://library.anu.edu.au/record=b5797359
The e-textbook can be rented from Pearson for 180 days here: https://www.pearson.com.au/9781488664854. The eBook for purchase and hard copies are also available at this link.
This course will also use Microsoft Excel to view data sets, perform some calculations and generate graphs. The software can be accessed for free by ANU students here:
You will need a scientific calculator to complete exercises and assessments required for this course.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
? To the whole class during lectures.
? Within tutorial groups.
? Individually during consultation hours
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Any student identified, either during the current semester or in retrospect, as having used ghost writing services will be investigated under the University’s Academic Misconduct Rule.
Your final mark for the course will be based on the raw marks allocated for each of your assessment items. However, your final mark may not be the same number as produced by that formula, as marks may be scaled. Any scaling applied will preserve the rank order of raw marks (i.e. if your raw mark exceeds that of another student, then your scaled mark will exceed the scaled mark of that student) and may be either up or down.
Support for Students
The University offers a number of support services for students. Information on these is available online from http://students.anu.edu.au/studentlife/
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||? Sign up for tutorial via Wattle Topics Chapter 1 - Defining and Collecting Data Chapter 2 - Presenting data in tables and charts Introduction to Microsoft Excel Readings Course Outline Chapter 1: Sections 1.1, 1.2 (ignore interval and ratio scales), 1.4, 1.5 Chapter 2: Sections 2.1(Bar Charts)||Weekly Quiz- Chapter 1|
|2||Tutorials Begin Topics Chapter 2 - Presenting data in tables and charts Chapter 3 - Numerical descriptive measures Readings Chapter 2: 2.3 (Frequency Distributions and Histograms) , 2.4, 2.5 Chapter 3: Section 3.1||Weekly Quiz - Chapter 2|
|3||Topics Chapter 3: Numerical descriptive measures Readings Chapter 3: Sections 3.1 3.2, 3.4, 3.5||Weekly Quiz - Chapter 3|
|4||Topics Chapter 4 - Basic Probability Readings Chapter 4: All||Weekly Quiz- Chapter 4|
|5||Topics Chapter 5 - Discrete probability distributions Chapter 6 - Normal distribution Readings Chapter 5: Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 Chapter 6: Sections 6.1, 6.2||Weekly Quiz- - Chapter 5|
|6||Topics Chapter 6 - Normal distribution Chapter 7 - Sampling distributions Readings Chapter 6: Sections 6.3, 6.4, 6.6 Chapter 7: Sections 7.1, 7.2||Weekly Quiz- - Chapters 6 and 7; Online midsemester will be held either in Week 6 or Week 7|
|7||Topics Chapter 7 - Sampling distributions Chapter 8 - Confidence interval estimation Readings Chapter 7: Section 7.3 Chapter 8: All||Weekly Quiz - Chapter 8; Online midsemester will be held either in Week 6 or Week 7|
|8||Topics Chapter 9 - Hypothesis testing : one-sample tests Readings Chapter 9: All||Weekly Quiz - Chapter 9|
|9||Topics Chapter 10 - Hypothesis testing: two-sample tests Readings Chapter 10: All||Weekly Quiz - Chapter 10|
|10||Topics Chapter 12 - Simple linear regression Readings Chapter 12: Sections 12.1 - 12.5||Weekly Quiz - Chapter 12 Section 12.1 - 12.5|
|11||Topics Chapter 12 - Simple linear regression Chapter 13 - Multiple linear regression Readings Chapter 12: Sections 12.7 - 12.9 Chapter 13: Sections 13.1 - 13.4||Weekly Quiz - Chapter 12: Sections 12.7 - 12.9 and Chapter 13: Sections 13.1 - 13.4; Assignment Due - Wednesday 11:59pm|
|12||Topics Chapter 13 - Multiple linear regression Readings Chapter 13: Sections 13.6 - 13.7 Review||Online Data analysis assessment (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9 and 10)|
Tutorials will be available on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos. Information regarding enrolments for these options will be provided on Wattle during O-week, prior to the start of the semester. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Weekly Quizzes||10 %||26/02/2021||21/05/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8|
|Mid-Semester Exam||20 %||29/03/2021||07/05/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Online Data Analysis Task||10 %||24/05/2021||07/06/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6,8|
|Final Exam||40 %||03/06/2021||01/07/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Course content delivery will take form of pre-recorded weekly lectures (available via echo360 on Wattle) and weekly tutorials, delivered in hybrid format (on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos).
The mid-semester and final exams will be centrally timetabled by Examinations, Graduations & Prizes prior to the examination period. Please check ANU Timetabling for further information. The exams will be administered online by the lecturer.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
There will be 11 short online quizzes held on Wattle testing knowledge and understanding of each week's lecture (and preceding lectures). The quiz will open on Friday at 12am (midnight) at the end of each week (weeks 1-11 inclusive) and close on the following Monday at 11:59pm. That is, the quiz will be open for a 96 hour (4-day) period. Once the quiz is started it will need to be completed in a limited time period. Feedback will be provided by 10am Tuesday following the quiz period. The best 10 quiz marks will count towards this assessment. Each of the best 10 quiz results will contribute 1% towards the final mark for a total of 10%. More detailed conditions and timing of the quizzes will be announced on Wattle. The quizzes may consist of multiple choice questions or short-answer type questions. All quizzes are open book and all materials are permitted.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
This online exam will be held in week 6 or week 7. It will be open book and all materials are permitted. The mid-semester will cover Chapters 1,2,3 4 and 5 of the textbook. Students will be required to submit working for some questions, as specified in the assessment. All work must be the students' own. Details of the mid-semester examination timetable will be made available on the ANU Timetabling website. The onus is upon students to acquire their own scheduling details. Further details on the mid-semester exam (duration and format) will be made available by the end of Week 4. An online practice exam will be made available on Wattle by the end of Week 4.
The mid-semester exam is not optional and is not redeemable.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
Students will be asked to source a data set of their choice and provide an analysis of their chosen data set using the statistical concepts and
methods from Chapters 1, 2 , 3 and 7, 8 and 9 of the textbook. Specifically, students will be required to conduct exploratory data analysis on their chosen data set and run statistical hypothesis test(s) to answer research question(s) of their choice based on their chosen data set. Detailed instructions will be made available on Wattle by the end of Week 2.
The assignments are to be submitted online on Wattle via Turnitin. Turnitin is a text-matching software to check for plagiarism. University policies on plagiarism will be strictly enforced.
The assignment is worth 20% of the overall score in the course and is compulsory.
No late assignments will be accepted without prior permission from the course convenor.
The assignment will be due in Week 11 on Wednesday 19 May by 11:59pm.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,8
Online Data Analysis Task
This assessment requires you to download an Excel data set and question sheet, and answer some applied research questions related to the data set as given to you in the question sheet. This will be an exercise in basic data manipulation, practical application of the statistical tools we have learnt in the course, and effective communication of your results. Detailed instructions on what to provide in your answer will be given. A sample data analysis question will be uploaded for you by the end of Week 8. The assessment task will be held in Week 12. Further details on the time limit for the assessment task and other details will be announced closer to the date.
The online data analysis task is worth 10% of the overall score in the course and is compulsory.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
A compulsory final online examination will be held during the university examination period at the end of semester. The final examination will cover the entire syllabus. It will be open book and all materials are permitted. Students will be required to submit working for some questions, as specified in the assessment. All work must be the students' own. The exam will be centrally timetabled and administered by the lecturer. Details of the final examination timetable will be made available on the ANU Timetabling website. The onus is upon students to acquire their own scheduling details. Further details on the exam (exam duration and format) will be made available by the end of Week 10. A practice online exam will be made available on Wattle by the end of Week 10.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
Hardcopy submission will not be permitted.
No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
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Feedback on assignments will be provided online via Turnitin within 12 days after the due date.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
No resubmission of the assignment will be permitted after the due date and time.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
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- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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Bayesian Statistics, Missing Data, Data confidentiality
Dr Bronwyn Loong