University Course Planner The University of Adelaide Australia

SOCI 3015 - Quantitative Research Methods in Social Sciences

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: No
Pre-Requisite: SOCI 2012 or PSYCHOL 1004 or PSYCHOL 2004
Incompatible: GEOG 1005, GEOG 2132, CRIM 3004, SOCI 3016
Assessment: Mid term exam, 2 x Assignments (dependent on stream), Final Exam

How do you find and interpret the latest intended voting behaviour? What factors influence Australians' trust in public institutions and democracy? How does where you live affect a sense of life satisfaction? Does sexual orientation affect civic and political participation? 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 sociological 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 journal articles.

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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Tue 15/03/2022 Thu 24/03/2022 Fri 06/05/2022 Fri 10/06/2022

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
19676 LEC0 16 3 This class does not have any timetabled face-to-face sessions. Please check MyUni or contact your Course Coordinator for details.
Related Class: Laboratory
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13415 LA01 8 1 1 Mar - 5 Apr Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Napier, 106, Computer Suite
26 Apr - 31 May Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Napier, 106, Computer Suite
13417 LA03 2 FULL 3 Mar - 7 Apr Thursday 3pm - 5pm Napier, 107, Computer Suite
28 Apr - 2 Jun Thursday 3pm - 5pm Napier, 107, Computer Suite
13418 LA02 6 2 3 Mar - 7 Apr Thursday 11am - 1pm Napier, 107, Computer Suite
28 Apr - 2 Jun Thursday 11am - 1pm Napier, 107, Computer Suite