The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Offers students skill development in quantitative methods of the collection, analysis and reporting of research data, including introduction to the statistical software package SPSS. Analyses of data and hypothesis testing are undertaken using basic descriptive and inferential statistical procedures.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Decide an appropriate approach to and method of data collection.

2. Determine an appropriate method of analysis.

3. Describe and analyse group data using the statistical package SPSS.

4. Interpret the results of analysis and write reports of results.


Collection and coding of data. Descriptive analyses using frequency tables and graphs, and cross tabulations. Use of summary measures such as the mean and median, and measures of dispersion, skew and kurtosis of distributions. Differences between means using t-tests and simple analysis of variance. Interpretation of analyses, and report writing using tables and graphical presentations.

Assumed knowledge


Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Contact hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Integrated Learning Session

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term