Quantitative Social Research Methods 1

Unit code: APS2040 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP1013 - Psychology 1B
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit of study aims to further develop students' ability to conduct social research. In particular, the unit aims to provide students with the skills required to undertake research using quantitative research techniques. On completion of this unit of study, students should be able to understand the potential uses of quantitative methods, recognise appropriate applications of analyses of variance and regression procedures, analyse data, and interpret and communicate outcomes collected from both univariate and multivariate research designs. Students will apply a range of standard SPSS analysis techniques.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Discriminate between and identify appropriate statistical techniques for different social research designs and data;
  2. Formulate and articulate appropriate statistically testable hypotheses;
  3. Demonstrate use of SPSS to accurately compute statistical analyses;
  4. Interpret statistical output from SPSS and evaluate output in relation to formulated statistical hypotheses; and
  5. Summarise and report statistical findings (in accordance with APA reporting guidelines) to demonstrate analytic skills in solving quantitative research questions.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 5%
Online theoretical test (20 mins)
Assessment type: Exercise
Grade: 20%
In-class online practical exercise (60 mins)
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 60%
Report on statistical analyses (1,800 words)
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
In-class online theoretical test (60 mins)

Required reading

Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics
Field, A. P. (2018)| London Thousand Oaks, California SAGE Publications
SPSS survival manual
Pallant, J. (2016)| Sydney: Allen & Unwin

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