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Description 

The aim of this micro-credential is to equip students with the skills and knowledge to critically engage with the design and delivery of experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations.

Topics 

  1. Identifying an evaluation question
  2. Quasi-experimental evaluation methods
  3. Trial design and analysis
  4. Incorporating qualitative information into evaluations
  5. Using administrative and linked datasets for evaluation

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollee's will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Specify an evaluation or causal question related to the policy process that is answerable using empirical methods
  2. Communicate and critique existing evaluations in a rigorous manner
  3. Understand the assumptions, strengths and limitations of the main techniques for experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations
  4. Design or critique an evaluation plan using the material covered in the course.

Indicative assessment 

Assignment 1 – Introductions and identification of causal research question (500 words, 20% of final mark) LO: 1, 2

Assignment 2 – Research design (1,500 words, 80% of final mark) LO: 3, 4, 5

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

Details 

Course Code: DATA011

Workload: 22 hours 

  • Contact hours: 7 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 15 hours

ANU unit value: 1 unit

AQF Level: 8

Contact: Professor Nicholas Biddle

 

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Description 

Many research questions can be answered by using either quantitative research methods or qualitative research methods. However, many other research questions are best approached by using a mixed methods design. This micro-credential will summarise the key aspects of quantitative and qualitative mixed methods, and use a number of example research projects to discuss how they can be combined to answer key social research questions.

Topics 

  1. Parallel mixed methods - Qualitative or quantitative research done separately with results compared at the end
  2. Sequential or iterative mixed methods – Interaction between qualitative and quantitative research/researchers throughout (e.g. Use qualitative research to obtain understanding of issues; construct a survey instrument that integrates understanding; derive hypotheses and test using survey data)
  3. Quasi-mixed methods – Culturally informed quantitative research/Empirically informed qualitative research

Learning outcomes 

Upon successful completion, enrollee's will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of quantitative research methods
  2. Evaluate the main strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research methods
  3. Critique existing empirical research based on the choice of methodology
  4. Differentiate between research questions which rely on cross-sectional survey data, longitudinal survey data, and qualitative data
  5. Design a mixed-methods research project on an important social research question

Indicative assessment 

Assignment 1 – Introductions and identification of research question (500 words, 20% of final mark) LO: 1, 2

Assignment 2 – Research design (1,500 words, 80% of final mark) LO: 3, 4, 5

Assumed knowledge 

This micro-credential is taught at graduate level and assumes the generic skills of a Bachelors or equivalent.

Micro-credential stack information 

This micro-credential may be undertaken as a stand-alone course.

Details 

Course Code: DATA13

Workload: 22 hours 

  • Contact hours: 7 hours
  • Individual study and assessment: 15 hours

ANU unit value: 1 unit

AQF Level: 8

Contact: Professor Nicholas Biddle

 

This Micro-credential is taught at a graduate level.  This is not an AQF qualification.