Campus Security


Fear Of Crime


First variable: fear of crime

Second variable: gender

Level of Measurement: nominal scale (1 Male, 2 Female, 3 other)


My research question: Is fear of crime a concern for people of all genders?



Campus Security are interested in finding out more about university students’ fear of crime, feelings of safety, experiences of victimisation, neighbourhood problems, and perceptions of police. Your group has been asked to carry out statistical analyses to help provide further insight into at least one of these areas.

This assessment item requires your group to produce a research report that includes your analysis of the class generated dataset. The paper should be in a standard report format (more information on this below).


Task Description


1. Data collection

In the first week of class, you will be supplied with access to a questionnaire. Every student will respond to this (see instructions on the questionnaire coversheet). These responses will generate the class dataset. This questionnaire must be completed by the end of Week 1 and will be collated with the data collected by the rest of the class. Your research report will be based on the class dataset which you will receive in Week 2.

NOTE: Once you finish the questionnaire, you will be taken to a second questionnaire where you will provide your name and student number so that we can check you have completed the task.

2. Develop preliminary research question/s.

When developing your research questions ensure:

you only ask questions which you are able to answer (i.e. do not go beyond the scope of the data).

your research questions will allow you to demonstrate a range of techniques taught in this course (in other words, consider what kinds of analyses you will be able to conduct – further information on this below).

Importantly, the number of people in your group should guide the minimum number of research questions. For example, if you are in a group of 3 students, your report should include at least three research questions.

3. Conduct a literature review

Your literature review will provide the framework for your research report. It should provide a summary of what is already known about your chosen topic. It should also provide an overview of the theoretical explanations that guide research on this topic. Your literature review should conclude with identifying any gaps in the literature (i.e unanswered questions). This should flow on nicely to your research questions.

NOTE: We expect that each group member will contribute at least 5 papers to the literature review.

4. Refine research question/s

Once you have reviewed the literature – reflect on and refine your research questions (keeping in mind the data analysis technique available to you).

5. Develop an analytical strategy that will allow you to answer your research questions.

Once you have finalised your research questions, you need to work out the appropriate analyses for answering your questions. You will have an opportunity to workshop this in class with your tutor. A decision tree will be useful here.

Your analyses should include the following:

Descriptive statistics: including measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion and data visualisations where appropriate (graphs, tables etc).

Inferential statistics: demonstrate the relationship between two variables. Depending on the variables selected, this may include correlations, chi-square or t-tests (ANOVA and regression can be used but will be taught after the assignment due date).

At least one key variable of interest should be a scale item (with its properties clearly described).

NOTE: You do not have to use every statistical test available! However, consider this report as an opportunity to showcase the new skills you’ve gained in this course.

6. Conduct analyses and answer questions.

Using the analytical strategy you have devised, conduct the analyses that you need to do in Excel. You will have the opportunity to discuss these analyses in class or online.

7. Write report

Although this is listed as the final task you will already have completed much of the work required for your report. You will have your literature review and analytical strategy determined. You will also have the data for generating your results. This final task requires you to put all this information into the format of a report.