Introduction to Quantitative Methods

Subject MAST90070 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours
Total Time Commitment:

120 total hours commitment





Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

This course provides students with an introduction to the collection, analysis and reporting of quantitative data in research and evaluation studies. Topics will include: samples and populations; descriptive and inferential statistics; exploratory and confirmatory data analysis; survey design and questionnaire construction; and displaying data using SPSS.


On completion of this subject it is expected that students should be able to:

  • understand the key terms, concepts and philosophical foundations of quantitative research;
  • select and apply a range of statistical techniques and procedures that are commonly used in applied research and evaluation; and
  • present the results of analyses using appropriate tabular and graphical displays.

Subject assessment will consist of two tasks with the first task due in Week 4 (equivalent to 1,500 words) and the final task due at the end of the course (equivalent to 3,500 words).
Assessment for both online and face-to-face students will be 25 per cent for Task 1, 65 per cent Task 2, plus 10 per cent for class or forum participation.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Related Course(s): Master of Education (Stream 100B)Coursework
Master of Education (Stream 150)
Master of Evaluation
Master of Evaluation
Master of Information Systems
Postgraduate Certificate in Evaluation

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