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Social Policy: Special Topics A (SOCI90020)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSOCI90020
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Special Topic: Survey Research Methods

This subject will give practical tips and hands-on experience for designing and implementing social surveys, for both academic purposes and the public/business sector. The structure of the subject will parallel the steps taken when executing a survey: comparing the advantages and disadvantages of surveys versus other means of collecting social data; determining the specific purpose of the study and to whom the study applies; developing the content and testing questions; implementing the questionnaire; and undertaking data cleaning and preliminary analysis. This will be illustrated by drawing on experiences from real life surveys. Practical, hands-on exercises will form a key part of lectures and tutorials and computer lab exercises.

Intended learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject students are expected to

  • Demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages of different methods of survey administration
  • Understand the different stages of survey design and data management   
  • Have developed skills to use statistical software to set up an electronic data file and manipulate survey data in preparation for quantitative analysis 
  • Have developed skills to use statistical software to extract frequencies and simple cross-tabulations 
  • Communicate survey findings in the form of an empirical research report

 

 

 

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should

• Oral communication; written communication;
• Collaborative learning; problem solving; team work;
• Statistical reasoning; application of theory to empirical practice;
• Interpretation and analysis of data; critical thinking

 

Last updated: 29 May 2019