GEOG 2132 - Social Science Techniques
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GEOG 2132 Course Social Science Techniques Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites At least 12 units of undergraduate study Incompatible SOCI 2002 & GEST 2100, GEST 2032 Course Description The course aims to provide students with a perspective on the role of social sciences within contemporary society, especially in Australia, and teach a number of basic skills which are expected of professional social scientists in the contemporary world. These skills are an important acquisition for students, whether they seek to gain employment in the public and private sectors or to proceed to higher level research within their chosen social discipline. Students of this course should emerge from it with a sound background in the main sources of social science information and data available in Australia, and the major methods of analysing information from these sources. Computer workshops provide skills in analysis. No prior background or knowledge in computing, mathematics or statistics is assumed. The aim is to teach students a range of techniques of analysis and how to interpret the results.
Course Coordinator: Dr Dianne Rudd
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate understanding of techniques of analysis available to students in the social sciences and the ways in which they can be used in research 2 Demonstrate ability to analyse social data, such as the Australian census of population and housing, to competently present data (by means of tables and graphs) and interpret the findings 3 Demonstrate ability to map and interpret spatial variations in social data by means of social indicators using GIS 4 Develop capacity to undertake the analysis of survey data using SPSS, its presentation and statistical testing and interpretation 5 Develop capacity to undertake a statistical analysis of data using SPSS to provide descriptive statistics, including correlation and regression, with the application of multiple regression to model socio-economic data and its interpretation 6 Demonstrate ability to work effectively to create an analysis of demographic and social data of a professional quality, to be able to select the appropriate techniques for types of data on hand, to present analysis with high quality written skills
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-5 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1-5 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,5 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-6 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 4,5,6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 6 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1-6
Required ResourcesPublications relating to the content of the census and other information relating to surveys and data sources provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can be found on the ABS website at: http://www.abs.gov.au
Publications relating to the content of the census and other information relating to surveys and data sources provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can be found on the ABS website at: http://www.abs.gov.au
Online LearningPublications relating to the content of the census and other information relating to surveys and data sources provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) can be found on the ABS website at: http://www.abs.gov.au
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course lectures provide basic factual information and information on data and techniques of analysis in the social sciences, introducing social issues, measurement, sources of data, presentation and interpretation. The workshops are linked to the lectures and together with readings each week follow a sequence of modules. The first based on census data examines population and socio-economic trends using excel to show social indicators, tables and graphs. This module also uses GIS to map patterns of spatial variation and accessibility. The second is based on the collection of survey data and analysis using SPSS. The third focuses upon statistical analysis using SPSS to provide ways of summarising social and economic data and provides both description and explanation.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
2 x 1-hour lectures (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 1 x 1-hour workshop (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week 1 Introduction/Secondary Data Sources Week 2 The Australian Census/Using census data in the Social Sciences Week 3 Social indicators/Quantitative and Qualitative Measurement Week 4 GIS & Social Science/Demographic and social research Week 5 Survey Research - Sample Design/Survey Research - Questionnaire Design Week 6 Preparation for undertaking a survey/Ethics in Research and ethical conduct Week 7 Analysis of Survey Data Week 8 Data to answer research questions/Hypothesis testing Week 9 Report writing and presentation/Descriptive statistics- summarizing data Week 10 Correlation and regression/Multi-variate analysis Week 11 Interviewing/Discourse Analysis Week 12 Summary and exam review
Specific Course RequirementsA course requirement is that students submit all three workshop assignments. Attendance and satisfactory participation in the workshops is a major component of the course. Failure to attend them will make it very difficult to pass this subject and could preclude you from undertaking the exam.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Workshop participation Formative and Summative 10% 1-6 Workshop exercises Formative and Summative 50% 1-6 Exam Summative 40% 1-6
Assessment Related RequirementsA course requirement is that students submit all three workshop assignments. Attendance and satisfactory participation in the workshops is a major component of the course. Failure to attend them will make it
very difficult to pass this subject and could preclude you from undertaking the exam.
Assessment DetailWorkshop participation (10%): students must attend and participate in workshops
Workshop exercises (50%): students submit various exercises on the following: analysis of census date and mapping social data; analysis of survey data using SPSS; using SPSS for statistical analysis
Exam (40%): exam covering all aspects of the course
SubmissionInformation available on enrolment.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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