Statistics for Social Research

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Statistics for Social Research

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Criminal Justice, Statistics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course provides a solid introduction to applied statistics for students in criminal justice and related fields. The course covers both descriptive and inferential statistics, and students learn to use the statistical package SPSS for Windows.
    Course Introduction
    Students in this course will be taught to identify when certain statistical techniques are appropriate, and how to perform, interpret and present these analyses. This will enable students to be more discerning consumers of the research literature and also prepare them to carry out their own research projects. Students will be taught to analyse data using one of the most widely available statistical packages, SPSS. These skills are highly sought after by employers.
    Course Aims
    The aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to analyse quantitative social science data. This course has been designed for students with little or no prior knowledge of statistics. After completing this course students should be familiar with both descriptive and inferential statistics and be able to perform these analyses using SPSS, a statistics computer package.
    Learning Outcomes
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    1 explain in depth basic concepts of measurement of data, sampling distributions and variability
    2 demonstrate how to operate SPSS in order to manipulate data and generate statistical output
    3 select the correct descriptive and inferential analysis based on the type of data, data assumptions and the research question given
    4 interpret statistical output generated by SPSS in the context of analysis (determining the correct next step in a procedure) and to answer the research question (being able to translate statistical material for a reader)
    5 report statistical findings according to American Psychological Association guidelines

    Assessment Task

    Weighting/Marked out of

    Assignment - Written Assignment
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    Assignment - Written Assignment
    Assignment 3


    Exam - selected response


Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.