• Offered by ANU Centre for Social Research Methods
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Areas of interest Sociology, Criminology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Brian Houle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course provides an introduction to basic statistics with an emphasis on statistical concepts and methods commonly applied in social research. Lecture topics cover measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central location and dispersion, sampling distribution of statistics, confidence intervals and hypothesis test, Chi-squared test, correlation and linear regression. Teaching is provided through lectures and computer training sessions. No previous knowledge of statistics is assumed, however, a sound knowledge of basic mathematics and spreadsheets is required. The course will equip students with the skills required to assess the validity of common statistical tests used in quantitative research.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the nature of statistical data;
  2. undertake univariate and bivariate statistical tests as appropriate;
  3. construct an argument using theory and data; and,
  4. choose appropriate methods for presenting research results.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Eight online quizzes (5% each for a total of 40%) (40) [LO 1,2,4]
  2. In-class test, 2 hours (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. Research Paper, 3500 words (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Workload

130 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 labs.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a Bachelor of Arts Honours (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of Criminology Honours (HCRIM), Bachelor of International Relations Honours (HIR), Bachelor of Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies Honours (HMECA), Bachelor of Music Honours (HMUSI), Bachelor of Political Science Honours (HPLSC), Bachelor of Policy Studies (HPOLS), Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), Bachelor of International Security Studies Honours (HINSS), Bachelor of Philosophy Honours - Asia and the Pacific (APASP), or completion of 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy Honours (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed SOCR8001.

Prescribed Texts

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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:
1
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3284 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person N/A

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