• 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
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. generate testable research questions applicable to social research;
  2. design social surveys that can address an identified research question;
  3. evaluate appropriate secondary data sources to address an identified research question;
  4. conduct basic statistical analyses of quantitative research data; and
  5. evaluate quantitative social research designs.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written essay: Research question identification and justification - 1000 words (20) [LO 1,5]
  2. Written report 1: Survey research methodology and questionnaire design - 3000 words (50) [LO 2]
  3. Written report 2: Evaluation and quantitative data analysis of secondary data - 2000 words (30) [LO 3,4]

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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 lab.
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) or Bachelor of Asian Studies Honours (HASIA), 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 SOCR8009.

Prescribed Texts

de Vaus, D. (2013) Surveys in Social Research. Crows Nest: Allen & Unwin

Preliminary Reading

Babbie, 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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6.00 0.12500
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2023 $3960
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2023 $5100
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