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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

A basic understanding of the concepts underlying hypothesis testing is provided, with emphasis upon the normal distribution and central limit theorem. Equips students with a range of quantitative data analytic techniques (correlation, z-test, single-sample t-test, between groups t-test, and repeated measures t-test) utilised in psychological research.

Unit content

  • Basic concepts
  • Describing and exploring data
  • Basic concepts of probability
  • The normal distribution
  • Pearson's correlation coefficient
  • Sampling distribution and central limit theorem
  • Hypothesis testing: t-test for a single mean
  • Hypothesis testing: repeated measures t-test
  • Hypothesis testing: independent measures t-test
  • Assumptions and their implications

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 correctly interpret the description of results to be found in simple (correlational and 2-group) research publications Knowledge of a discipline
2 generate a basic description of simple data sets that would be suitable for APA-style publication Lifelong learning
3 conduct appropriate quantitative analyses on simple data sets using SPSS Knowledge of a discipline
4 interpret the output of SPSS in an accurate and critical manner Knowledge of a discipline
5 communicate the results of an analysis in an effective manner adhering to APA standards Communication and social skills

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. correctly interpret the description of results to be found in simple (correlational and 2-group) research publications
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. generate a basic description of simple data sets that would be suitable for APA-style publication
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  3. conduct appropriate quantitative analyses on simple data sets using SPSS
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. interpret the output of SPSS in an accurate and critical manner
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. communicate the results of an analysis in an effective manner adhering to APA standards
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • It is very useful to have the latest edition of Howell, and this text will be prescribed for BHS30001 Research Methods in Psychology: Howell, DC, 2013, Statistical methods for Psychology, 8th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont, CA. ISBN: 139781111835484.

  • It is very useful to have the latest edition of Howell, and this text will be prescribed for BHS30001 Research Methods in Psychology: Howell, DC, 2013, Statistical methods for Psychology, 8th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont, CA. ISBN: 139781111835484.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.