• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Political Sciences, Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Joanna Sikora
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
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In the 21st century sociologists, criminologists and political scientists can access a wealth of information contained in survey data repositories. To enable students to evaluate the quantitative literature and analyse survey data themselves, this course lays the foundations for three types of skills.

First, students will consider the theoretical underpinnings of survey design. Second, they will learn about the basics of statistical theory and understand which samples do and do not represent populations of interest. Finally, they will learn to use Stata, a software package that many social scientists choose for data analysis. The course is based on an inquiry-led pedagogy. Therefore, students will learn while designing and conducting their own research project, based on their investigation of survey data. The project will be written up as a research report that meets basic criteria set for survey-based publications in sociology, criminology or political science.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand and evaluate quantitative research articles; design basic quantitative analysis;
  2. analyse survey data to answer specific research questions with cross-tabulations, t-tests, correlations and ordinary least squares regressions;
  3. understand the concept of random sampling and its relationship to statistical inferences;
  4. write survey analysis reports to professional standards; and
  5. formulate and answer ad hoc queries about statistical procedures and software.

Other Information

Lectures will be recorded.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assignment (800 words) (10) [LO 1]
  2. Assignment 2 (2200 words) (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Online quizzes, 5 x 30 minutes (4 * 5% each + 1 * 10%) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Class participation (16%) + Question forum participation (4%) (20) [LO 2,3,5]

The ANU uses 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. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 34 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 18 hours of lectures, 4 interactive workshops, 8 PC computer laboratories and 4 tutorials  

b) 96 hours of independent student research, statistical analysis of survey data, reading and writing


Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level ANU courses; or permission of the convener.

Prescribed Texts

Not applicable

Majors

Fees

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $3840
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4980
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
4009 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

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