9 x 2-hour workshops per semester
3 x 2-hour computer labs per semester
Enrolment not permitted
1 of SOCI7003, SOCI7031 has been successfully completed
Course context
Sociology Honours
Topic description
This topic aims to deepen students' understanding of core quantitative research issues in the social sciences. The focus is on what makes 'good' quantitative research, and on the skills, techniques and intellectual content necessary to design survey research projects and collect and interpret data.
Educational aims
The topic deals with a series of core issues in quantitative research in the social sciences: research questions, research design, sampling, making data, analysing data and discussing data/results/findings. There are several core components:

  1. Thinking about the research (literature review)

  2. Designing the research (methodology)

  3. Doing the research (data collection)

  4. Analysing results (writing up).
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate research that relies on quantitative methods

  2. Formulate research questions that can be examined empirically

  3. Design a survey research instrument

  4. Field a survey and collect data

  5. Interpret officially collected statistics and secondary data sources

  6. Compare the benefits and limitations of different quantitative research methods and strategies.