Subject details

After successfully completing this subject 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.
    • Descriptive Statistics
    • Probability, Sampling, and Distributions
    • Hypothesis Testing & Significance
    • Correlation & Reliability Analysis
    • Linear Regression
    • Effect sizes and Power
    • T-tests
    • One-way ANOVA
    • Factorial ANOVA
    • Chi-Square Analysis
    • Non-Parametric Statistical Tests
    • Choosing the Appropriate Analysis
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links
      • Printable format materials
      • Audio-Video streaming


This is not an introductory subject, it is a second year subject. You should complete a number of other first or second year subjects. Students who have completed more than 2 OUA units (GPA 4.0+) and are planning on completing the Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice are strongly encouraged to enrol in the course. Part of this process will involve registering your study plan with Griffith University, which will help to ensure that you are studying the required units.

Special requirements

  • SoftwareDetails - All students will require access to a recent version of the statistical computer package SPSS. You will be provided with a link in your unit outline to a student version of this software for purchase.

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

Students in this subject 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 subject offering.

  • Assignment 1 (10%)
  • Assignment 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 (30%)
  • Assignment 4 (40%)

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Textbook information is pending.

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