Statistics for Social Research - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 (10%) , Assignment 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 1,131.00
HECS 1,131.00
International 1,381.00

This unit provides a solid introduction to applied statistics for students in criminal justice and related fields. The unit covers both descriptive and inferential statistics, and students learn to use the statistical package SPSS for Windows.

Students in this unit 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.

Assessment details will be advised at the beginning of the unit offering.

After successfully completing this unit 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.
  • Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam — Multiple Choice Questions (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

This is not an introductory unit, it is a second year unit. You should complete a number of other first or second year units.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to Statistics and SPSS
2Measures of Central Tendency
4Probability and Distributions
5Hypothesis Testing and Statistical Significance Read
6Correlations and Reliability Analysis
7T-tests (independent and related pairs)
8Simple Regression
9Effect sizes and Power
10Chi-Square Analysis
11One-way ANOVA and Factorial ANOVA
12Non-Parametric Statistical Tests
13Choosing the Appropriate Analysis

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Statistics Without Maths for Psychology

    By:Dancey, C.P & Reidy, J

    ISBN: 9780273774990


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