Doing Social Survey Research delivers a comprehensive lesson in applied survey research and data analysis. This online unit, provided by a partnership between Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University, discusses the current theory and debates around surveys, while also giving you practical skills in survey application and data analysis.
To ensure your skill and efficiency in survey analysis and implementation, this unit will first give you a solid understanding of the survey research process, its varying techniques, and its benefits and limits. With this knowledge base you’ll be guided through how to conduct in-depth survey research and data analysis.
This unit will deliver skills in both qualitative and quantitative techniques for survey research, analysis and actual implementation. You’ll also learn to pinpoint and evaluate critical information from previous research. Through critical analysis you’ll learn to identify problems and solutions to survey design and implementation.
Once you’ve completed this unit you’ll feel confident in both collating and analysing complex survey data.
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Graduate Certificate of Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
Graduate Diploma Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
You must also ensure that you have not already completed a previous or academically equivalent version of this unit.
Areas of study
In this arts and humanities unit, the topics you will study include:
Introduction to social survey research
Choosing survey research and sampling for surveys
Writing social survey questions
Non-response to survey questions
Survey methods – choosing the right vehicle
SPSS1: frequencies and cross-tabs
SPSS2: Bivariate relationships
SPSS3: Simple linear regression
SPSS4: correlation and causation
SPSS5: factor analysis
From linear to logistic regression
Ethics and social survey research
Social survey research wrap
This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
Graduate Certificate of Policy and Applied Social Research,?Macquarie University
Graduate Diploma Policy and Applied Social Research,?Macquarie University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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The Doing Social Survey Research unit will give you practical skills in survey research and data analysis. Upon completion of this unit, you’ll be skilful in identifying the key elements of survey results. You’ll also be able to pinpoint key areas of interest from your data, while analysing the survey’s methods, limitations and benefits. The skills garnered from this unit are perfectly suited to a career in social research or policy.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Digital Social Survey Research from Macquarie University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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