Quantitative Methods

Subject 481-813 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours for internal mode students. External mode students can expect a total workload of approximately 240 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Thi Kim Cuc Nguyen
Subject Overview: An examination of various methods of collection, display and analysis of quantitative data in program evaluation. Topics include: design of quantitative research strategies consistent with evaluation questions and objectives; survey design and sampling in evaluation research; experimental and quasi-experimental designs; development and testing of questionnaires and other data collection instruments; item selection, reliability and validity of construct measures; exploratory and statistical analysis including multi-variate techniques; methods for displaying and reporting analyses of quantitative data for various audiences. The subject emphasises the use of standard micro-computer packages and involves the parallel development of computing skills and non-mathematical understanding of quantitative approaches in evaluation.
Assessment: Three exercises of 1,500 words (50 per cent) and an exercise of 3,500 words (50 per cent).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: Bryman, A. and Cramer, D. Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS for Windows release 12 and 13: a guide for social scientists. London; New York: Routledge, 2004. Pedhazer, E.J. and Pedhazer S.L. Measurement, Design and Analysis: An Integrated Approach. Lawrence Erlbaum, Hillsdale NJ, 1991.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills: Students who successfully complete the subject will:
  • have basic skills in the collection, analysis and reporting of quantitative data;
  • understand the strengths and weaknesses of a range of simple sampling designs;
  • be aware of the major issues in the design and application of instruments for the collection of quantitative data;
  • be capable of using a range of simple procedures in a computer package for statistical analysis and reporting of quantitative information.

Generic Skills:

Students who successfully complete the subject will:

  • have a good understanding of the appropriate contexts for the use of quantitative methods;
  • have improved generic computer skills;
  • have improved skills in the simple manipulation and reporting of statistical data.
Links to further information: www.edfac.unimelb.edu.au
Related Course(s): Doctor Of Education
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Master of Assessment and Evaluation(Stream 150)Coursework & Major Thesis
Master of Education (Stream 100A) Coursework and Thesis A
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Master of Education (Stream 150) Major Thesis
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