Quantitative Methods

Subject EDUC90175 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

March, Parkville - 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

Parkville campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: Attendance at all classes (tutorial/seminars/practical classes/lectures/labs) is obligatory. Failure to attend 80% of classes will normally result in failure in the subject.


Assoc Prof Margaret Wu


Education Student Centre
Subject Overview: An examination of various methods of collection, display and analysis of quantitative data. Topics include: design of quantitative research programs; survey design; 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 statistical analysis and involves the parallel development of computing skills and non-mathematical understanding of quantitative approaches.
Objectives: Not available
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: Coladarci, T., Cobb, C.D., Minium, E.W., and Clarke, R.B. (2008) Fundamentals of Statistical Researching in Education. John Wiley and Sons, N.J. USA.
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;
  • 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.education.unimelb.edu.au
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