Social Research Design: Principles and Methods
Unit code: HASP309
|Credit points||12.5 Credit Points|
|Contact hours||3 Hours per Week|
Aims and objectives
- To develop understanding of quantitative research techniques.
- To develop an understanding of research design.
- To develop understanding of the links between existing research and new research.
Generic skills outcomes
- Capacity to develop and test arguments through the use of numerical data.
- Time and resource management skills in planning for the execution of a substantial piece of independent work based on quantitative techniques.
- Capacity to evaluate social research based on quantitative techniques.
- Understanding the relationship between research, and political, ethical and theoretical constraints.
- Objectivity and social research
- Research design and ethics
- Problems of measurement
- Questionnaires and structured interview schedules
- Computer assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI)
- Non-random samples
- Random samples
- Secondary data
- Content analysis
- Evaluation research
- Analysing data
- Writing research proposals and research reports
Reading materialsBetts, K, Hayward, D & Garnham, N, Introduction to Quantitative Analysis in the Social Science, Tertiary Press, Melbourne, 2001.
Neuman, WL, Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches, 5th edn, Allen and Bacon, Boston, 2003.