The quantitative analysis of data is an important skill required for researchers and practitioners in the social sciences. This course provides a detailed introduction to key descriptive and inferential statistics used to describe variables and the relationships between them. Students will learn the concepts underlying each statistical method, the equations to implement the methods, and practice the application of the methods to small data-sets.
The course will cover the types of measured variables and describing data distributions. An introduction to hypothesis testing, the distinction between samples and populations, and probability will be provided. A variety of methods for assessing the relationships between variables will be covered. Statistical tests include correlation and simple regression, comparing means via paired and independent samples t-tests, multi-group comparisons, and non-parametric analysis methods.
Students completing the course will be required to devote approximately 10 hours/week for 12 weeks in order to successfully complete the course.
Students will need a calculator with memory functions, and/or a copy of MS Excel to assist with data computation exercises. Student are not required to purchase a text, as links to online readings will be provided. However, Howitt & Cramer's Introduction to Statistics in Psychology is a recommended text that students may choose to purchase.
By the end of the course, students will achieve a grounding in the key statistical analysis methods for basic data analysis in the social sciences. Students will gain and understanding the basic theory of sampling and data distributions, and the rationale behind test statistics and null hypothesis testing. Students will be able to compute manually a variety of basic statistical methods, for miniature data analysis problems. This will provide a solid basis of how analysis methods are implemented, and will provide a basis for more advanced study in statistics for the social sciences.
Welcome to the course ‘Living Environments.' This course is an introduction to the teaching of Home Economics in secondary school and is an area of study that includes human development and relationships as well as physical shelter. It focuses on how the family unit in our contemporary society interacts and furthermore how our living arrangements impact on these relationships and affects the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities. Studying this course will enrich your knowledge through readings, on-line discussions and completion of activities. It will also provide you with the opportunity to develop learning experiences that nurture the skills required for students to develop an inquiring mind. When teaching this subject, an inquiry approach should be followed to encourage students to think critically when responding or investigating design challenges related to the individual or family group.
'Central to Home Economics is a focus on the fundamental belief that today's actions and attitudes determine present and future welfare, security and happiness of individuals, families and communities.' (QSA, Home Economics, Senior Syllabus 2010 pg. 12)
Students completing the course will be required to devote approximately 6 hours/week for 8 weeks in order to successfully complete the course.
Students will need access to the internet and a computer
Course learning outcomes
By the end of the course, students will achieve the following:
1. Identify ways in which different family types function in our ever-changing society and understand that the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities are interdependent and can be supported or challenged by social structures and change. The resources available, communication strategies and use of conflict resolution techniques also influence family functions and relationships.
2. Critically evaluate influences such as government and non-government agencies, education and technological advances on social trends and structures in our society and their impact on wellbeing.
3. Identify the relevant points of view (perspectives) relating to a specific issue and how they impact the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
4. Outline the many factors related to the built environment that affect individuals and families eg. Housing designs, forms and types, population trends, history and cultural background, building materials, needs of families, work, lifestyle choices and government policies.
5. Design pedagogies and assessment instruments encompassing relevant curriculum frameworks in secondary schools.
This course is intended to give you information about the production, harvest, transport, storage and consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.
STEPS Diagnostic Testing is a series of small diagnostic tests designed for people who have already submitted an application form to enter the STEPS (Skills for Tertiary Education Preparatory Studies) program at CQUniversity. The results of these tests are used to help personalise a program of study for each STEPS student.
If you have not yet submitted an application form or you would like to find out more about the STEPS program, please visit the website http://www.cqu.edu.au/study/special-programs/enabling-programs/steps. Application forms are available on the site.
The Steps Diagnostic Testing covers four areas: personal writing, computing, mathematics and literacy.
Each test takes between 15 and 60 minutes to complete, but tests can be taken at different times; for example, the personal writing test can be completed one day and the computing test the next day. A total of up to 3 hours may be required to complete all four tests.
A computer with a stable internet connection, some pens and some paper on which to write notes.
A STEPS Access Coordinator will contact you about the test results, arrange an interview to discuss your results and, if successful, organise a personalised program of study for you.