Surveys and Collecting Data Yrs 9-10  (CoP050)
Description
Develop techniques for acquiring, storing and validating data. Starting with an optional recap of the year 7/8 spreadsheets and databases skills, students go on to test a range of data collection techniques in the classroom. A survey is designed to collect quantitative data and built online using the free SurveyMonkey website. A qualitative research project is conducted, collecting data through recorded interviews and focus groups. Students compile local population data from a range of sources and combine mapping data from multiple electronic data sets to build a composite representation. The privacy and security of data is considered before moving onto the creation of a webpage. This final project is fully supported and open-ended, with optional components exploring HTML, CSS and JavaScript interactivity.

110pp plus completed spreadsheets, databases and links to final programming solutions online. The premium package includes the fixed PDF files as well as the editable Word versions (great for teacher editing or as student workbooks).

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0. Checklist
 

 
1. Thinking about Data
 
Recap - Role that data plays in their lives
 
Develop techniques for acquiring, storing and validating quantitative and qualitative data from a range of sources, considering privacy and security requirements (ACTDIP036)
 

 
2. Revisiting Databases
 
Recap - Describing the attributes of complex objects, for example defining the records, fields, formats and relationships of a simple dataset
 
Recap - Querying an existing database to extract data for analysis, for example devising multiple selection criteria or using simple structured query language (SQL) SELECT statements to select records and retrieve specified fields
 
generating a layout or report in a database
 

 
3. Revisiting Spreadsheets
 
Recap - Acquire, analyse, validate and evaluate various types of data
 
Recap - Using features and functions of software to summarise data to create information, for example calculating a simple budget of income and payments and creating a summary table for analysis
 
Recap - Analyse and visualise data using a range of software to create information, and use structured data to model objects or events (ACTDIP026)
 
Recap - Explore different ways of showing the relationship between data elements to help computation, such as using pivot tables, graphs and clearly defined mark-up or rules.
 

 
4. Data Collection Techniques
 
Recap - Acquire data from a range of sources and evaluate authenticity, accuracy and timeliness (ACTDIP025)
 
identifying strengths and weaknesses of collecting data using different methods, for example online surveys, face-to-face interviews, phone interviews, observation, blog entries in response to a posting, phone logs, browser history and online webcam systems
 
how bias can impact the results and value of data collection methods
 

 
5. Capturing Quantitative Data
 
developing strategies and techniques for capturing accurate and usable qualitative and quantitative data of different formats,
 
using radio buttons or checkboxes for closed questions to acquire quantitative data
 

 
6. Capturing Qualitative Data
 
developing strategies and techniques for capturing accurate and usable qualitative and quantitative data of different formats,
 
using text entry for open-ended questions to acquire qualitative data;
 

 
7. Compiling data
 
Recap - Acquiring data from a range of sources, for example people, websites, books, mobile phones, radiofrequency identification (RFID) and data repositories such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics datasets, and compiling these data into a digital format
 
extracting specific data from an external source and storing it in a format that is more useful for analysis, for example combining mapping data from multiple electronic data sets to build a composite representation
 

 
8. Security and Privacy
 
security and privacy of, data of various types
 
privacy and security implications of how data are used and controlled
 
developing strategies to ensure the privacy and security of survey data, for example using numbers rather than names as identifiers; password protecting files to reduce risks of modifying data and using CAPTCHA to confirm human responses
 
9. Legal Responsibilities
 
investigating legal responsibilities of organisations regarding the storage, communication and disposal of personal and organisational data, for example the Australian Privacy Principles as they apply to intellectual property
 
applying techniques to make ethical decisions when faced with dilemmas about security and ownership of data, for example selecting an action that results in the greatest benefit for the most number of people; avoiding the use of photos of deceased persons from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
 

 
10. Web Project: HTML
 
Create interactive solutions for sharing ideas and information online, taking into account social contexts and legal responsibilities (ACTDIP043)
 
creating online interactive solutions for working with others by combining or modifying online software tools to support project work
 

 
11. Web Project: Form Elements
 

 
12. Web Project: Style Sheets
 
applying a style sheet to a web page
 

 
13. Web Project: JavaScript
 
creating an interactive web-based project that provides enterprising opportunities and complies with accessibility requirements, for example using fragments of a web language to create dynamic content that supports interactivity
 
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