Spring Program 2016

The ACSPRI Spring Program will be taking place at Macquarie University, Sydney from 26th - 30th September.

This will be the first time ACSPRI has held a program at Macquarie University, and we're very much looking forward to offering some of our fundamental and more specialised courses at the Macquarie Park Campus.


Attending an ACSPRI course includes the opportunity to network with other researchers from a variety of fields across Australia.

All courses are small group and intensive, and run from 9am to 5pm for the week (with breaks throughout and an early finish on Friday).  Morning and afternoon tea and lunch breaks provide ample opportunity to share and exchange ideas with other researchers.


ACSPRI courses are interactive and applied. Our instructors are experts in their respective fields and bring with them their research experiences from the field. Course sizes are strictly limited to ensure quality attention from instructors. So, register now to enhance your professional development portfolio this Spring.


Bookings must be made on-line via the Spring Program page. Full Program details and a list of course descriptions can be found on this page by scrolling down and clicking through the link to the course you are interested in.

Prices listed include course notes and depend on whether your organisation is an ACSPRI Member, and also whether you book and complete payment before the Early Bird Deadline. For more information about pricing, venues and an FAQ, scroll down or you can email info@acspri.org.au.



Monday, September 26, 2016 - Friday, September 30, 2016
Early bird cutoff date: 
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
How to enrol: 

Step 1: Log in to the ACSPRI website (you can create an account or request a new password if required). The account should be in the name of the person taking the course. Alternative billing details (e.g. for a Finance Officer) can be entered later if need be.


Step 2:  Check the status of the desired course. If places are available the status will show up as "Open". If the course is "Full" you will be able to join the waiting list for that course. You would then be contacted via email if a place becomes available.


Step 3: Select the title of the desired course to see the course outline page.  Select "Add to cart" and proceed to checkout by pressing the green button.


Step 4: Enter billing details (e.g. yourself or an admin/finance officer) and either finalise payment by credit card or request an invoice by selecting 'Direct Deposit' (please keep in mind the relevant payment deadlines).


Step 5: Click "Review Order" to check the details and then submit order.


Step 6: Check your invoice/receipt (under the course title) to see if your course has been confirmed to run at the program. If it has not yet been confirmed, you will receive an email when a sufficient number of bookings has been received and the course has been confirmed.

Courses in this program: 
Level Week Venue Title Instructor Status
Level 1 Week 1 MACQ Fundamentals of Statistics Imma Guarnieri Closed
Level 1 Week 1 MACQ Introduction to Social Network Research and Analysis Malcolm Alexander Closed
Level 1 Week 1 MACQ Qualitative Methodologies, Data Collection and Analytic Approaches Carol Grbich Closed
Level 2 Week 1 MACQ Applied Statistical Procedures Gordon Emmerson Closed
Level 2 Week 1 MACQ Data Analysis Using Stata Joanna Dipnall Closed
Level 2 Week 1 MACQ Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Representation Delwyn Goodrick Closed
Level 4 Week 1 MACQ Applied Structural Equation Modelling using AMOS Philip Holmes-Smith Closed

ACSPRI courses are graded at different levels (1 to 5) according to the pre-requisites of that course. Generally speaking, a course at level 2 (e.g. Applied Statistical Procedures) will have a relevant level 1 course (e.g. Fundamentals of Statistics) or an equivalent level of knowledge or experience as a pre-requisite. Similarly, those attending a level 5 course, such as Advanced SEM, are expected to have completed an applied SEM course (level 4) or hold an equivalent level of competence in SEM as someone who has completed such a level 4 course.


Without the pre-requisite background, you are likely to get little value from the course and could adversely affect the experience of others in the course You should check the pre-requisites of your desired course in the course outline page. If you are still unsure about your level of preparedness for the course, you can contact the course instructor, whose email address you can find via the course outline page

Terms and Conditions: 

1.  BOOKING - ACSPRI does not accept ‘expressions of interest’ for course places, i.e. all bookings, are considered firm, and a cancellation fee is charged if you cancel your booking after the early-bird date.


2. DISCOUNT RATE – The discounted rate for ACSPRI members is available to all staff and students of member organisations. To be eligible for this rate:

    • The course fee must be paid by either the member organisation or by you. Where fees are paid by a non-member organisation the non-member rate applies:and
    • You must either have a valid email address issued by the member organisation; or you must hold, or have a right to hold, a current staff or student identity card from the member organisation.

In addition, to be eligible for a full time student discount the participant must:

    • Hold, or have a right to hold, a current student identity card from the member organisation;
    • Be enrolled as a full-time student;
    • Make payment in full with your application, arrange electronic funds transfer (EFT), or contact ACSPRI to advise credit card details for payment, by the early-bird closing date;
    • Provide ACSPRI with contact details of your supervisor, so we can request them to confirm your eligibility for the full time student rate.

The early bird rate applies to all bookings paid in full by the early bird close date, otherwise you will be charged at the standard rate.



3. REFUNDS & CANCELLATIONS - Course fees are not refundable unless:

    • we cancel the course in which you have enrolled; or
    • you cancel your enrolment before the early-bird closing date.

A cancellation fee of $250 will be charged if you cancel within the period from the early-bird closing date of and one week prior to the commencement of the program. The full course fee will be charged if you cancel within 1 week of the beginning of your course.


4. PRE-REQUISITES - Course descriptions specify course pre-requisites. You must undertake to meet the pre-requisites of the course(s) in which you enrol. If in any doubt, you should contact ACSPRI prior to enrolling.



Macquarie's North Ryde campus is located on 126 hectares within the heart of Australia’s largest high-tech precinct, just 15 kilometres from Sydney's city centre.

Transport options also make Macquarie one of the easiest universities to get to by public transport.

There are more than 4000 car spaces on campus, regular buses and an on-campus train station. (see transport options below).


A map of Macquarie's campus can be found here





Macquarie University is just 15 kilometres from Sydney's city centre. There are many different ways to get to to the University including regular train and bus services extending to areas right across Sydney. So if you'd like to stay in the CBD, there are buses and a train service that runs approximately every 15 minutes in both directions, (see transport details below).

Otherwise, the following are some of the options available for staying either on or close to the campus. Please check with the accommodation provider, or visit their website to confirm details and prices.


Dunmore Lang College - (On campus)
130 Herring Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Ph: (02) 9856 1011

Accommodation is limited


Robert Menzies College - (On Campus)
136 Herring Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
Ph: (02) 9936 6000

Ring the college directly for availability and pricing


Morling Residential College
122 Herring Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113
Phone: +61 2 8458 2320 (INT) or (02) 8458 2320 (AUS)
Email: accommodation@morling.edu.au





These are just a selection of the hotes in the area. If you google Hotels around Macquarie University, you'll get these & others.


Travelodge Macquarie North Ryde Hotel - (On edge of campus)
81 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
P: +61 2 8874 5200


MGSM Executive Hotel & Conference Centre (on campus)
99 Talavera Road, North Ryde NSW 2113
P: + 612 9850 9300


Meriton Serviced Apartments North Ryde
88 Talavera Rd, North Ryde NSW 2113
+61 2 8488 9000


The Ranch
Cnr Epping & Herring Rds, North Ryde, NSW, 2122
02 9887 2411


Holiday Inn Express Sydney Macquarie Park
10 Byfield Street, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113
(02) 9428 9500






Car Parking / Transport: 

There are many different ways to get to Macquarie University. There are regular train and bus services extending to areas right across Sydney.

This is a link to all your transport options to Maquarie University.

This is the link to the Transport NSW trip planner. If you'd like to use a bus or train, this will show you all the routes and connections. It will also calculate the fare.

Sydney's Public Transport card, the Opal card is usually your best option for getting around easily on all public transport. Opal cards and top ups are available at many newsagents, post offices, convenience stores and supermarkets. Tickets are available from the station concourse area at both counters and ticket machines.


Macquarie University train station is located on campus on the corner of Herring Road and Waterloo Road. The station is disabled access friendly. Macquarie University train station is located on the Northern Line which runs between between Hornsby and the city via Macquarie Park.

Services run approximately every 15 minutes in both directions. If you have a smartphone, the Tripview app is an excellent means of finding timetables and routes to the university.


Buses travel through the university on Balaclava Road and University Avenue. Some routes are only accessible from outside the campus at the bus stop located near the entrances to the Macquarie University Train Station and Macquarie Centre (located on Herring Rd).

This is the link to the Transport NSW trip planner if you'd like to plot a bus route to and from the campus.


Car access into Campus is available via:

  • Culloden Road (via Hadenfield Ave, Link Road and Gymnasium Road)
  • Talavera Road (via Research Park Drive)
  • Herring Road (via Innovation Road and University Ave)
  • Epping Road (via Balaclava Road)

Vehicles are only permitted on public access roads unless otherwise stated.

Macquarie University is located in the suburb of Marsfield. If travelling from the City, the fastest way to reach the University is via the Lane Cove tunnel. If travelling from the Hills districts and the greater west, take the M2 motorway (exit at the Christie Road or Herring Road off-ramps). The University is a short distance from the Sydney Orbtial road network.


Macquarie University has approximately 4,000 parking spaces on Campus available to staff, students and visitors. Parking is operated under a Restricted Parking Area scheme and parking fees apply. Most parking spaces are reserved for staff and student permit holders, with additional casual parking provided for visitors. Hourly and daily casual parking is available using a Pay & Display permit.
Parking restrictions on Campus apply from 6.00am until 8.00pm, 7 days per week
For information about where to park, follow this link.


Venue and Timetable: 

ACSPRI will send you an information sheet about the Spring Program at Macquarie University in the week before your course starts. This will include a map and instructions on how to get to the registration desk.


We will have a registration desk set up near your lab or classroom from 8.00am - usually on Wally's Walk - the main thoroughfare on Campus. We ask that you register first, picking up your name tag and login (for labs) before we direct you to your lab or classroom.


Classes will start prompty at 9am. If you are lost or running late you can text Gordana on 0402 697 539.  That Monday morning is a bit hectic with registrations, so Gordana will try & get back to you as soon as possible. Any queries or issues before the course week are best handled via info@acspri.org.au or calling Gordana on 03 8376 6496.


Courses will run across Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm each day. Most courses finish by 3pm on Friday to allow for interstate travel, we will let you know in advance if courses finish earlier.


Breaks are held each day between 10.30 - 11.00am , 12.30 - 1.30 pm and 3.00 - 3.30 pm. A light lunch, morning and afternoon tea are included in the price of the attendance.



~~1. FAQs re Course Info


1.1. I'm not sure which course I should do. Where should I start?

The program page has a list of courses being offered at the current program. This list also shows the course levels and whether the course is 'Open' to bookings or is full, in which case a waiting list will operate. If you click on the course title, that will bring up the outline for that course. It is important to check the level of the course as well as the pre-requisites, to ensure that you are at the expected level of preparedness. A full list of courses, including some infrequently-offered ones, is available at www.acspri.org.au/courses.


1.2. Will the same courses be offered at every program?

No, but many courses are are the same, especially the popular ones. Course offerings are typically announced on the website and via ACSPRI News three to four months prior to each program.


1.3. I have read the course outline/s but I have specific questions about this course. Who can I ask?

The instructor can help with course-specific questions. His/her email address is available via the course outline page. Program-related questions can be directed to info@acspri.org.au.


1.4. Do I need to bring text books for my course?

Usually not, but you should check the course outline. Course notes are provided and, in most cases, other background reading listed is useful but not essential.


1.5. Do I need to bring a laptop and/or software for my course?

This depends on the course. If you require a laptop and software installed this should be mentioned on the course outline. Other courses will either take place in a computer lab with the software installed or do not require the use of a computer.  Ocasionally a lab-based course will switch to laptops in the weeks prior to the course and course participants will be invited to bring their own laptops along (where the available teaching space is more suitable to laptops). In these cases, help will be provided if participants are struggling to obtain the appropriate software or are unable to bring a suitable laptop along.


1.6. What else do I need to bring to my course?

Unless your instructor contacts you in advance of the course, it is safe to assume that you do not need to bring anything specific. Many participants of lab-based courses bring thumb drives so they can back up their work. This is often helpful for them. Labs are usually available during breaks and sometimes before and after class, so some ACSPRI participants choose to bring work with them.


2. FAQs re Enrolment, Invoices and Payment


2.1. Can I enrol in more than one course?

Yes, at multi-week programs you can enrol in up to one course per week. The system will not allow you to enrol in more than one course per week as each course runs for the full week.


2.2. I need an invoice for payment or funding approval. How can I obtain one?

If you select 'direct deposit' during the booking process, this will defer payment and you will automatically receive an invoice when you complete the booking (instead of a receipt). This invoice does not necessarily need to be paid by direct deposit; there are a number of methods available. If you do defer payment by selecting 'direct deposit', you will need to keep in mind the relevant due date or Early Bird Deadline and/or late cancellation date, and the ways these will affect your order.


2.3. What does 'Open' mean as a course status?

This simply means that there are places available in this course. If a course becomes full or is cancelled, this will change accordingly.


2.4. When I update my shopping cart the course keeps disappearing. What am I doing wrong?

You need to make sure you do not check the box to remove the course from your order. If the problem is something else, please email ACSPRI staff and let them know which step you are having trouble with.


2.5. My organisation is an ACSPRI Member but the non-member rate keeps showing up for me. What should I do?

You may not be logged in as yourself or you may not have selected your institution from the list of ACSPRI Members when you first created your account. If you head to 'view my account' to the right of screen, you can update your 'groups' (i.e. your ACSPRI Member institution/organisation) from there.


2.6. I am not sure if my booking worked. How can I tell?

If you have received an official invoice or receipt, then your booking is in the system.


2.7. I have made my booking. When will I hear from ACSPRI and/or my instructor?

If this course has not yet been confirmed (refer to your invoice), you will receive an email when it is. You will also receive at least one bulk housekeeping email in the lead-up to the program - probably a few weeks prior. Some instructors also like to contact their class in advance of the course but in most cases your first contact with your instructor will be on the Monday Morning of your course, at the Program Welcome.


2.8. I have an 'ACSPRI Credit'. How can I redeem it.

If you have an ACSPRI Credit, it should show up as an additional payment option in the billing screen when you make a booking. If the credit amount is less than the course booking amount, you will first need to select either "Direct Deposit" or "Credit Card" as the payment method and then underneath the credit card or direct deposit details enter the "Discount Amount (in AUD)". The new billing amount should then appear.


2.9. My invoice says my course is 'not yet confirmed'. Do I have a place in this course?

Yes, you do have a place in this course (subject to payment by the due date), however this means we still require some more enrolments before this class is of a sufficient size to go ahead. As a not-for-profit organisation, we require courses to be of a certain size before they are viable. If we cannot reach this number, we will offer a refund (or credit if preferred) on any paid course fees. Most courses are typically confirmed a few weeks either side of the Early Bird Deadline. We try to make these decisions as early as possible and inform the course participants straight away via email. In the meantime, we recommend that you hold off on making travel or accommodation arrangements if applicable.

Participants who enrol in a course that is already confirmed will be able to see this on their invoice.


2.10. If my course is not yet confirmed, should I hold off on payment?

This is not recommended, because the number of paid enrolments received is a factor in deciding if a course will go ahead. There is no risk in payment for an unconfirmed course. In the rare case that a course is cancelled, a full refund is offered straight away (or the credit can be held for 12 months if preferred).


2.11. Can I enrol and pay for multiple staff members/students?

Yes, but it is usually easier to have each person enrol themselves and then forward an invoice to you.

A separate on-line account must be created in the name of each course participant using their email address. This is important for a number of reasons. If you are responsible for paying for several bookings, it may be easiest to have each of your colleagues make their own enrolments but defer payment during the booking process (by selecting 'direct deposit' instead of entering credit card details), and then forward the invoice to you. To pay multiple invoices see the payment details here.

Alternatively you may decide to log in separately for each booking/payment, using each participant's login details.



3. FAQs re Venue and Housekeeping Matters


3.1. Where do I find my course?

Each week all ACSPRI participants will register between 8.30 and 9am on Monday at the Registration Desk and then are asked to either head directly to their computer lab or classroom, or at some locations attend a program welcome. A program welcome, typically lasts up to 20 minutes. Instructors are introduced and the groups break off and head to their respective classrooms/labs. The exact location for Registration or a Program Welcome is usually announced a week or so before the program via email. The locations for specific courses can change at the last minute, so this information is not usually available in advance.


3.2. What does my course fee cover?

The fee covers course attendance and a copy of the course notes. A light lunch is also provided, as well tea and coffee during morning and afternoon breaks (no afternoon break on Friday due to the early finish). Accommodation is not provided however information is usually available on the program webpage.


3.3. What is the course timetable?

Courses run from 9am to 5pm daily with breaks during the day and an early finish on the Friday. See "Venue and Timetable" for more details. Some course outlines also include a breakdown of activities by day or session.