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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Equips students with a range of quantitative data analytic techniques utilised in psychological research. Provides methods for describing, summarising, and illustrating the results of experiments. The concept of a correlation coefficient and simple regression are described, and illustrated through analysis of data using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). A basic understanding of the concepts underlying hypothesis testing, with emphasis upon the central limit theorem, and the use of t-tests for hypotheses about differences between groups and conditions is presented.

Unit content

Topic 1: Basic Concepts 
Topic 2: Describing and Exploring data 
Topic 3: The Normal Distribution 
Topic 4: Sampling Distribution and Hypothesis Testing 
Topic 5: Basic Concepts of Probability 
Topic 6: Hypothesis tests Applied to means 
Topic 7: Power 
Topic 8: Correlation and Regression

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.

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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
2 generate a basic description of simple data sets that would be suitable for APA-style publication
3 conduct appropriate quantitative analyses on simple data sets using SPSS
4 interpret the output of SPSS in an accurate and critical manner
5 communicate the results of an analysis in an effective manner adhering to APA standards

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:
  2. generate a basic description of simple data sets that would be suitable for APA-style publication
    • GA5:
  3. conduct appropriate quantitative analyses on simple data sets using SPSS
    • GA4:
  4. interpret the output of SPSS in an accurate and critical manner
    • GA4:
  5. communicate the results of an analysis in an effective manner adhering to APA standards
    • GA6:

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 teaching periods.