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Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (BSC302)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides students with a sophisticated appreciation of statistical and methodological issues in psychological research. Advanced statistical procedures will be addressed, including higher-order analysis of variance designs, analysis of covariance, multivariate analysis of variance, nonparametric statistics, factor analysis, multiple linear regression, and analytical strategies for multiple comparisons. In addition to gaining a conceptual understanding of these procedures, students will apply them to the practical analysis of data using the SPSS statistical package.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Understand how to apply the main statistical procedures to the analysis of data, and to interpret the outcomes appropriately.
2. Be able to apply the SPSS for Windows statistics package to the main statistical procedures studied in the unit.
3. Understand how Psychological experiments are conducted.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 hour per week; Workshops: MURDOCH - 12 x 1 hour sessions per semester, KAPLAN-SGP - 6 x 2 hour sessions per semester
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Three main kinds of learning experience will occur in this unit. First, interactive lectures lay the groundwork for the types of question each analysis is designed to answer and the conceptual underpinning of each statistical test. Second, hands-on workshops guide students though the use of SPSS-including data entry, analysis, and interpretation. Third, focused homework assignments build self-efficacy and allow students to work-through the analysis and reporting of a variety of psychological research questions.
Assessment There will be 3 assessments:
(1) A mid-term exam will allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the material taught in the first half of the unit.
(2) A laboratory report testing your understanding of the applications of research methods and statistical procedures.
(3) End of semester exam will assess conceptual understanding of material covered in the course.
(4) Research Participation (Onshore only).
Prerequisites BSC201 Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis OR PSY212: Psychology: Measurement, Design and Analysis.
Exclusions Students who have completed PSY311 Psychology: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods are not allowed to enrol in this unit for credit.
Notes This unit replaces BSC300 for students in the BSc (Psychology) and (Cognitive Neuroscience and Health Psychology) majors, and BAR300 for students in the BA (Social and Developmental Psychology) major.
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