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SYM5045 - Applied Statistics

12 points, SCA Band 2, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Dharma Arunachalam


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Evening)


Students will be introduced to some fundamental issues underlying the design of quantitative social research along with a range of bivariate and multivariate techniques for the analysis of quantitative data using SPSS. Areas covered include: descriptive statistics; chi-square analysis; correlation and regression; analysis of variance; factor analysis and reliability analysis.


To provide students with:a basic set of tools with which to design quantitative social research projects;appropriate skills to analyse bivariate and multivariate quantitative data using SPSS.


Major report (4500 words): 50%
Minor report (2000 words): 20%
SPSS Master test (2 hours): 20%
Student participation : 10%
Additional comment:
No prior knowledge of SPSS is necessary.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week