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Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis (BSC201)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TSD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit will provide students with knowledge of fundamental concepts involved in psychological methods, research design, data analysis, and in the interpretation of published research. Students will develop skills in assessing which designs and methods are appropriate to test different hypotheses, understanding which types of analyses are most appropriate to analyse different types of data, conducting analyses using statistical software and communicating their results clearly.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Evaluate different approaches to examining research questions (GA 2, GA 3, & GA 5)
2. Choose statistical tests to match research hypotheses (GA 1, GA 2, & GA 3)
3. Calculate a range of parametric and non-parametric statistical tests (GA 2)
4. Use a common statistical package (SPSS) to examine data and conduct analyses (GA 2)
5. Report statistical analyses correctly and interpret them appropriately (GA 1, GA 2, GA 3, GA 4, & GA 5)
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 11 x 1.5 hours; Computer laboratories: 12 x 1 hour
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences The course will be delivered through lectures and laboratory/tutorial classes. Lectures will provide you with unit content. Laboratory sessions will give you the opportunity to apply lecture material to hands-on activities including gathering and analysing psychological data, reporting findings, and designing original psychological studies.
Assessment Students are given a series of written and computer-based assignments designed to test and apply their knowledge of what they have learnt through the semester. These generally involve the students being required to calculate and interpret statistics, as well as decide upon the correct statistical test to use based on the question being asked. Written feedback on assignments is provided by tutors. A lab exam, where students are required to use a common statistics program (SPSS) that is taught during lab classes throughout semester, is also assessed. There is also a final exam comprising of multiple choice questions, calculations and interpretation of statistics based on the material taught during semester.
Prerequisites PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY212 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis or PSY212 Psychological Methods II may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes This unit replaces BSC200 for students in the BSc (Psychology), and (Cognitive Neuroscience and Health Psychology) majors, and BAR200 for students in the BA (Psychology), and (Social and Developmental Psychology) majors.
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