Quantitative Skills for Criminologists (Previously Quantitative Social Research) - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Analysis Report 1 (35%) , Assignment 2 - Analysis Report 2 (45%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

This unit is designed to equip students with the skills needed to process and analyse raw quantitative social science data.

We see statistics everywhere. "There was a 20% reduction in crime rates in the past year"; "offenders with social support networks are 1.4 times more likely to successfully complete drug court orders".  Where do these numbers come from? How do we interpret them?  And how do we know whether we can trust them? Learning about quantitative analyses is important in criminology and in social sciences in general, as it provides the skills to understand, interpret, and criticize the statistics that surround us. Further, it will provide a range of fundamental skills critical to leading and participating in research projects in a number of different sectors.

This unit will cover the nature and use of statistics in criminological and criminal justice research, the description of samples and populations, as well as the tools to describe data and relationships, and to test statistical hypotheses. It will also introduce some basic statistical tools for multivariate analysis.

The value of statistics is not limited to academic projects. These are very marketable and valuable skills that are of use in other public and commercial organisations.

After successfully completing this unit you should be able to:

1  Appraise and select the appropriate analytical technique to address a research problem
2  Use SPSS for Windows to perform commonly used statistical techniques
3  Interpret and write up these analyses appropriate to the stakeholder or context
4  Develop an understanding of statistical techniques that will assist you as a competent consumer of empirical criminological, and social science, research

  • Assignment 1 — Analysis Report 1 (35%)
  • Assignment 2 — Analysis Report 2 (45%)
  • Quiz — Online Quiz (20%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Why statistics?
2Describing data
3Making inferences
4Exploring data
5Comparing groups 1
6Comparing Groups 2
7Bringing it together
8Exploring relationships
9Introducing regression
10From simple to multivariate
11Applying regression

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture

Online materials

  • Online Assessment
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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