This course will enhance participants’ knowledge of all aspects of survey methodology.
This course introduces participants to the cornerstones of survey methodology. It provides participants with the skills necessary to conduct a comprehensive and robust survey for the collection of primary quantitative data. It also teaches participants how to identify and source rich, high-quality secondary data resources from reputable data repositories for research purposes. Participants will also be knowledgeable of important professional, legal, and ethical issues in relation to data management and storage.
This course can be taken individually or combined over a period of time towards a Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development https://www.ulster.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/201718/postgraduate-certificate-of-professional-development-13809
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About this course
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Survey research is a specific type of field study that involves the collection of data from a sample of individuals drawn from a well-defined population. The idea of collecting data via a survey is deceptively simple. Researchers must work through a myriad of issues to design a successful survey, including those relating to the size and representativeness of the sample, the method of recruitment, the type of measurement and mode of administration. For many research areas, it is often not necessary to conduct primary data collection; the UK has world-leading data resources for health, social and economic research, and this provides a huge opportunity to address some of the most pressing challenges facing society. Researchers are often unaware of the availability of these rich data resources for secondary use, or about how to access them.
This course will enhance participants’ knowledge of all aspects of survey methodology, including how to:(1) design a survey to collect primary data, (2) identify and source secondary data resources for research purposes and (3) manage data resources effectively, professionally and ethically.
Linked programmesPgCertPD Postgraduate Certificate of Professional Development, PgCert Quantitative Methods for the Behavioural and Social Sciences
100% coursework - (a) Set exercise to contribute to online discussion boards (40%) and (b) Presentation - participants will be required record an oral presentation in which they articulate and defend a strategy they have devised for using a survey design to address a research question of their choosing (60%).
This course is delivered fully online with no on-campus attendance requirements (dates to be confirmed).
Degree in the behavourial or social sciences (e.g. psychology, geography, political science, health econmics, sociology or equivalent).
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the minimum English entrance requirements of the University and will need to provide recent evidence of this (certified within the last two years).
Most of our courses require a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with no band score under 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement.
Please see details of the English language qualifications and certificates we can accept - https://www.ulster.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/177404/Other-english-language-tests-and-qualifications-2017.pdf
International applicants will also require a short-term study visa. Further information is available at https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/visa-immigration
- 20 August 2018
Fees and funding
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- England, Scotland & Wales:
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Scholarships, awards and prizes
Fee waivers may be available to those who meet the eligibility criteria. More information is available from FlexEd@ulster.ac.uk