- Class Number 3757
- Term Code 3230
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Yuan Gao
- Dr Yuan Gao
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 21/02/2022
- Class End Date 27/05/2022
- Census Date 31/03/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 28/02/2022
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 assignments will also require students to source their own data set for analysis and independently formulate their own research question.
Additional Course Costs
A scientific calculator.
Examination Material or equipment
You will require reliable assess to Wattle and a non-programmable scientific calculator for the duration of the online quizzes and the online exam.
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 a 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 the 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.
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/
Communication via Email
If I, or anyone in the School, College or University administration, need to contact you, we will do so via your official ANU student email address, which you need to check regularly. If you have any questions for the teaching and course convenor make sure you email them using your ANU email address. Emails from personal email accounts will not be answered. Announcements
Students are expected to check the Wattle site for announcements about this course, e.g. changes to timetables or notifications of cancellations.
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.
In assignments and exams, students must appropriately reference any results, words or ideas that they take from another source which is not their own. A guide can be found at https://academicskills.anu.edu.au/resources/handouts/referencing-basics .
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||? Sign up for tutorial via Wattle Topics Chapter 1 - Defining and Collecting Data Introduction to Microsoft Excel|
|2||Topics Chapter 2 - Presenting data in tables and charts||Tutorials Begin|
|3||Topics Chapter 3: Numerical descriptive measures|
|4||Topics Chapter 4 - Basic Probability||Quiz|
|5||Topics Chapter 5 - Discrete probability distributions||Assignment 1 due|
|6||Topics Chapter 6 - Normal distribution||Online midsemester will be held either in W6 or W7|
|7||Topics Chapter 7 - Sampling distributions||Online midsemester will be held either in W6 or W7|
|8||Topics Chapter 8 - Confidence interval estimation|
|9||Topics Chapter 9 - Hypothesis testing : one-sample tests|
|10||Topics Chapter 10 - Hypothesis testing: two-sample tests|
|11||Topics Chapter 12 - Simple linear regression||Assignment 2 due|
|12||Topics Chapter 13 - Multiple linear regression Review|
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 of the semester.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment 1||10 %||23/03/2022||06/04/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Mid-Semester Exam||20 %||22/04/2022||06/05/2022||1,2,3,4|
|Assignment 2||10 %||18/05/2022||30/05/2022||1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8|
|Final Exam||55 %||02/06/2022||30/06/2022||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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The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
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 the form of on-campus lectures (with recordings available via echo360 on Wattle) and weekly tutorials, delivered in hybrid format (on campus, live through scheduled Zoom sessions and as pre-recorded videos). Consultations will be live through Zoom.
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. 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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
An online quiz will be held via the Wattle site during Week 4, covering material from Weeks 1–3, inclusive. The quiz will be available from Wednesday to Friday in Week 4. Students have 30 minutes to complete the quiz from when they open the quiz. Feedbacks will be given after the quiz is closed. The students are expected to complete this quiz individually. The quiz is worth 5% of the your overall score and is redeemable towards the final exam. An assessment is redeemable if, when a student performs better in the final exam than in the assessment, then the final exam mark will count instead of the assessment
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The students are expected to complete this assignment individually. 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, and 3 of the textbook. 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. Assignment 1 is worth 10% of your overall score in the course. The assignment is compulsory and non-redeemable. Once submitted, an assignment cannot be resubmitted. Assignment 1 is due in Week 5. Turnitin is a text-matching software to check for plagiarism. University policies on plagiarism will be strictly enforced. All work must be the student's own.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
The mid-semester examination will be held during week 6 or 7 (subject to confirmation from the Examinations Office), covering material from Weeks 1–5 or 1-6, inclusive (depending on when the exam is held). It will be a 2-hour (inc reading and submission time) examination. The exam questions will be posted on Wattle and students are required to submit their written answers through Turnitin. Students will be provided with further details regarding the exam no later than week 4. The mid-term exam is worth 20% of the overall score and is redeemable towards the final exam.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8
The students are expected to complete this assignment individually. Students will be required to use their chosen data set to answer questions based on conducting a data analysis. Detailed instructions will be made available on Wattle by the start of Week 9. The assignments are to be submitted online on Wattle via Turnitin. Assignment 2 is worth 10% of your overall score in the course. The assignment is compulsory and non-redeemable. Once submitted, an assignment cannot be resubmitted. Assignment 2 is due in Week 11. Turnitin is a text-matching software to check for plagiarism. University policies on plagiarism will be strictly enforced. All work must be the student's own.
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. It is worth 55% of the overall score, or more if other assessment(s) are redeemed. The final examination will cover the entire syllabus. It will be open book and all materials are permitted. All work must be the students' own. The final exam will be held during the exam period with details to be advised no later than Week 10. A practice online exam will be made available on Wattle by the end of Week 12.
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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.
There is no hard copy submission.
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.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
The marked assignments will be returned online.
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
Resubmission is not allowed after the due date.
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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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.
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Functional data analysis; High-dimensional time series.
Dr Yuan Gao