Put key social survey techniques to the test.Work out how to choose the correct method for each situation. Learn how to write 'good' survey questions. Weigh the pros and the cons of surveys and assess their worth as an accurate statistical tool.
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This subject was previously known as SGY889 Doing Social Survey Research.
This is a subject in applied survey research and data analysis. It will explain key survey techniques used and give you the chance to try them out in practice. The subject covers choosing survey methods, administering surveys and writing good survey questions. It also looks at some of the debates around the potentials and limits of surveys. Qualitative researchers often rely on surveys to prepare themselves for fieldwork or to 'triangulate' their results from interview work. But ultimately, surveys are designed to enable statistical analysis of data, and therefore the subject covers some of the statistical techniques used. Understanding how quantitative analytical methods work with and augment qualitative methods requires some knowledge and use of statistics and a statistical package.