Quantitative research methods are a core element of the methodological tool kit of researchers in the social sciences. This course provides an introduction to the design of quantitative research projects and the collection of quantitative forms of social research data. This course demonstrates how major research questions in social research can be answered using both primary and secondary data collection methods. The course includes four sections:
(i) developing research questions and research designs;
(ii) the design and conduct of social surveys;
(iii) accessing and evaluating secondary data sources; and,
(iv) an introduction to quantitative data analysis.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- generate testable research questions applicable to social research;
- design social surveys that can address an identified research question;
- evaluate appropriate secondary data sources to address an identified research question;
- conduct basic statistical analyses of quantitative research data; and
- evaluate quantitative social research designs.
- Written essay: Research question identification and justification - 1000 words (20) [LO 1,5]
- Written report 1: Survey research methodology and questionnaire design - 3000 words (50) [LO 2]
- Written report 2: Evaluation and quantitative data analysis of secondary data - 2000 words (30) [LO 3,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 12 hours of lectures and 24 hours of computer lab.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed Textsde Vaus, D. (2013) Surveys in Social Research. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin
Preliminary ReadingBabbie, E. (2013) The Practice of Social Research. Belmont, California: Wadsworth
Dillman, D. (2007) Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, 4th Edition. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons. ISBN: 978-1-118-45614-9
Weisberg, H. (2005). The Total Survey Error Approach: A Guide to the New Science of Survey Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
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