Summer Program 2015

The 2015 ACSPRI Summer Program would not be possible without exceptional support from Information Technology Services at ANU and the Faculty of Business and Economics at University of Melbourne.



Please note there will be no Program Welcome at University of Melbourne in Weeks 2 and 3. Instead a Registration Desk will be set up in the foyer of the Spot Building (Bld 110, 198 Berkeley St) between 8.30 and 9.20am on the 2nd and 9th of February.


Week 1 will be from Monday 19th -  Friday 23rd January, 2015 in Canberra at The Australian National University.

Week 2 will be from Monday 2nd - Friday 6th February and Week 3 from Monday 9th -  Friday 13th February at The University of Melbourne.

All courses are intensive and run from 9am to 5pm for the week, with breaks throughout and an early finish on Friday.

Attending an ACSPRI course includes an educational and social program and the opportunity to network with other researchers from a variety of fields. Each week of the program a networking cocktail party is held and there will be a free workshop/seminar on a methods issue each week after class one day. Lunch is now included daily and morning and afternoon tea 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 summer.

Bookings must be made on-line via the Summer Program page. Full Program details and a list of course descriptions can be found on this page by scrolling down or referring to the subject headings above (Dates, How to enrol, FAQs, etc). 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, scroll down or click on FAQs or you can email

Monday, January 19, 2015 - Friday, February 13, 2015
Week 1 dates: 
Monday, January 19, 2015 - Friday, January 23, 2015
Week 2 dates: 
Monday, February 2, 2015 - Friday, February 6, 2015
Week 3 dates: 
Monday, February 9, 2015 - Friday, February 13, 2015
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.


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 Status
Level 1 Week 1 ANU Fundamentals of Statistics Closed
Level 1 Week 1 ANU Qualitative Methodologies, Data Collection and Analytic Approaches Closed
Level 2 Week 1 ANU Applied Computer-assisted Qualitative Data Analysis using Nvivo Closed
Level 2 Week 1 ANU Applied Statistical Procedures Closed
Level 2 Week 1 ANU Data Analysis using Stata Closed
Level 2 Week 1 ANU Fundamentals of Program Evaluation in Public Policy Closed
Level 4 Week 1 ANU Multi-level Analysis using Mplus Closed
Level 1 Week 2 UniMelb Fundamentals of Statistics Closed
Level 1 Week 2 UniMelb Fundamentals of Survey Research Closed
Level 1 Week 2 UniMelb Introduction to Social Network Analysis for Social Researchers Closed
Level 1 Week 2 UniMelb Qualitative Methodologies, Data Collection and Analytic Approaches Closed
Level 2 Week 2 UniMelb Fundamentals of Multiple Regression Closed
Level 2 Week 2 UniMelb Learning R: Open Source (Free) Stats Package Closed
Level 2 Week 2 UniMelb Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Representation Closed
Level 2 Week 2 UniMelb Scale Development, Rasch Analysis and Item Response Theory Closed
Level 3 Week 2 UniMelb Applied Multivariate Analysis using Stata Closed
Level 3 Week 2 UniMelb Fundamentals of Structural Equation Modelling Closed
Level 5 Week 2 UniMelb Advanced Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus Closed
Level 1 Week 3 UniMelb Fundamentals of SPSS Closed
Level 2 Week 3 UniMelb Applied Statistical Procedures Closed
Level 2 Week 3 UniMelb Designing & Analysing High Quality Experiments in the Social Sciences Closed
Level 2 Week 3 UniMelb Fundamentals of Mixed Method Designs Closed
Level 2 Week 3 UniMelb Qualitative Research: Design, Analysis and Representation Closed
Level 3 Week 3 UniMelb Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis Closed
Level 3 Week 3 UniMelb Applied Multiple Regression Analysis Closed
Level 4 Week 3 UniMelb Applied Structural Equation Modelling using AMOS Closed
Level 5 Week 3 UniMelb Advanced Structural Equation Modelling using AMOS Closed

(per course)

Non Member: 
Full time student Member: 

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 PhD 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 PhD 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 $200 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.


The Australian National University is a public university in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory. Located in the suburb of Acton, the main campus encompasses seven teaching and research colleges, in addition to several national institutes.




During the school year the majority of the student residences are full with long-term residents and cannot offer short term accommodation, but over summer (i.e. late November through to early February), some colleges will offer accommodation on a casual basis. Enquiries for all possible ANU campus accommodation during the Summer break will have to be made to the individual colleges on Campus. You can find links to all the colleges here. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see Summer accomodation list


Quest Canberra is a short 10 – 15 minute walk from the ACSPRI locations within the ANU Campus. The apartment hotel consists of 37 rooms most of which are fully self-contained perfect for a short or extended stay, in the CBD close to restaurants and shops.


Further accommodation alternatives are available on the right hand side of the same page or you can try various websites including

Car Parking / Transport: 

there is limited parking available at ANU, for all your parking options, visit the casual & visitor parking section of the ANU website:

Venue and Timetable: 

Each course runs from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The exception to this is that most courses finish before 3pm on the Friday to allow for interstate travel. The week begins with a Program Welcome, which takes place on the Monday morning.

Each day, breaks are scheduled for 10.30-11.00, 12.30-1.30 and 3.00-3.30.

The University of Melbourne's Parkville Campus one of the oldest and largest university campuses in Australia. It is located just beyond the Northern border of Melbourne's CBD. Lygon Street and Carlton Gardens are located a short walk to the East, Queen Victoria Market to the South and Royal Park to the North West.


While exact course locations are not allocated until the last minute, ACSPRI will be based on the Corner of Pelham and Berlekey Sts and all courses will be nearby.


A campus map is available here.


The campus is centrally located so there is a huge variety of accommodation options available. Virtually any accommodation in Parkville, Carlton, North Melbourne and the top part of the CBD will be within easy walking distance. Even outside those areas, the university is walkable or a short tram ride. Please note that Melbourne University is outside the Melbourne CBD free tram zone.


A number of on-campus residential colleges are listed here, most of which are about a 10 min walk from where most ACSPRI courses will be held (cnr Pelham and Berkerley Sts). Some of these may have casual, short term accommodation available but you will need to contact each one directly (Graduate House, International HouseNewman College, Trinity College, Medley HallUniversity College and Queens College).


If you're looking for a hotel near the University, we suggest googling 'hotels near The University of Melbourne' and you'll get many options. You can also choose to stay in the Melbourne CBD and take a tram to the campus. Please note that Melbourne University is just outside the CBD's free tram zone & you will need a public transport card - MYKI, to travel to the University. Inspectors regularly check for tickets outside the free tram zone & there is a subsantial fine for not having a validated MYKI card.


Car Parking / Transport: 

The Parkville Campus is well serviced by trams with numerous routes from the Inner South and South East travelling travelling through the heart of the CBD on Swanston Street, past Flinders Street and Melbourne Central Train Stations and on to the University. Some of these routes continue on to the inner-North. If you are staying in the CBD, there are also several routes that travel up the adjacent Elizabeth Street, which call past the bottom SE corner of the campus, very close to where the Spot Building. All metropolitan train lines will stop at Flinders Street if not Melbourne Central as well. A journey planner for all of Melbourne's buses, trams and trains can be found at Please note that Melbourne University is outside the Melbourne CBD free tram zone.


If travelling up Swanston Street, the best stop is at Lincoln Square, the stop after Queensberry Street and three stops before the main campus entrance, where several routes terminate. Pelham Street is on both sides of Lincoln Square, you will need to cross the square and walk up the other section of Pelham Street for five minutes.


If travelling up Elizabeth Street, the best stop is just before the large junction of Elizabeth Street, Flemington Road, Pelham Street and Peel Street, which has a large Australian flag on a pole in the middle of it. This is also the stop after Queensberry Street. From here you should be able to see The Spot 130m away on Pelham Street.


As of late 2012, myki is now the only ticketing system available for travel on Melbourne's public transport system. Visitors to Melbourne can find out more about myki here. As mentioned above, Melbourne University is just outside the CBD's free tram zone & you will need a public transport card - MYKI, to travel to the University. Inspectors regularly check for tickets outside the free tram zone & there is a subsantial fine for not having a validated MYKI card.


If driving, all day parking is available fairly close to The Spot and FBE Buildings. Public parking typically fills up around 9am or just after. It is approximately $20 per day with access via Bouverie St or under the Alan Gilbert building off Berkeley St. You can access a list of public car parks and their fees and charges here.

Venue and Timetable: 

Each course runs from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The exception to this is that courses finish by 3pm on the Friday to allow for interstate travel. Usually the week begins with a Program Welcome at 9am. You will be advised in advance of where and when to meet at the start of the course week. The Spot Building (Bld 110) is the tall spotty building located on the corner of Pelham and Berkeley Sts. From there you will find out your course location, which will either be in the same building or the one next door (Bld 105). 

Each day, breaks are scheduled for 10.30-11.00, 12.30-1.30 and 3.00-3.30.


~~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


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


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 meet at 9am on Monday at the Program Welcome, which typically goes for about 20 minutes. Instructors are introduced and the groups break off and head to their respective classrooms/labs. The exact location for the Program Welcome is usually announced a month or so before the program via email and on the program page. 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 packed lunch is also provided, as well tea and coffee during morning and afternoon breaks (no afternoon break on Friday due to the early finish) and there is also a cocktail function on the Thursday evening following class. 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.