University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

SOCI 2015 - Numbers as Evidence in Sociology

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: 3920
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Restriction: Available to Bachelor of Sociology students only
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange:
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Assessment: Online quizzes: 8%; Mid term: 20%; Assignment 1: 10%; Assignment 2: 30%; Assignment 3: 10%; Final Exam: 30%

How do you find and interpret the latest violent crime rate data? What factors put Australians at risk of becoming victims of a crime? What factors influence Australians' perception of the police force? How do you decipher the "Results" and "Discussion" sections of journal articles or government reports? How do you design a simple survey questionnaire that could tell you things that the existing data cannot? This course will teach you to use the tools of quantitative research methods to answer these and other questions. The focus will be on the logic of quantitative reasoning and its application to practical problems in social research. Please note that mathematical proofs, complex calculations, abstract probability theory, and the like will not be discussed. We will focus on survey research and statistical techniques to analyse data collected in surveys. We will also spend time looking at other sources of quantitative data, including data compiled by various Australian government agencies. By the end of the course, you will be able to read, understand, and critically evaluate several types of quantitative data presented in research reports, books and journals.

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
3920 Mon 12/08/2019 Sat 31/08/2019 Fri 20/09/2019 Fri 01/11/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
25117 LE01 25 14 31 Jul - 18 Sep Wednesday 9am - 12pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
9 Oct - 23 Oct Wednesday 9am - 12pm Engineering Nth, N132, Teaching Room
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
28798 WR01 25 14 31 Jul - 18 Sep Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Napier, 106, Computer Suite
9 Oct - 30 Oct Wednesday 1pm - 2pm Napier, 106, Computer Suite