PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH METHODS

PSY2PRM

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

The two parts of this subject deal with statistical inferences that we can make about (1) relationships between measures gathered from a single group of participants and (2) differences in the group means on one variable gathered from two or more groups of participants. In the first part, we start with correlation between variables and move on to more advanced regression topics of using several variables to predict an outcome. In the second part, we start with the basic principles of experimental design to compare data gathered from the same or different groups of participants. We study the Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) in detail, on how we can use it to establish differences between several groups and, following that, how we can compare means between groups.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (One of PSY1EFP or PSY1PYA) and (One of PSY1CFP or PSY1PYB) and (One of STA1PSY, STA1STM, STA1CTS) or by approval from the subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY2PYA, PSY2PYB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSPSS Statistics Version 22 : A practical guideRecommendedAllen, P., Bennett, K. & Heritage, B. 20143RD ED, WADSWORTH: CENGAGE LEARNING

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Select the statistical techniques that are appropriate to the research hypotheses being tested.

Activities:
Task: Determine the level of measurement of data being analysed and select the appropriate statistical tests that will answer the research questions. Formative: Parts of two of 12 tutorial class exercises Formative and Summative: 50% assessed in two assignments on data analysis. Summative: Exam.
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy(Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving(Creative Problem-solving)

02. Prepare data to meet the distributional assumptions of statistical tests.

Activities:
Task: Assess and, if required, transform the distributional characteristics of variables. Formative: Parts of two of 12 tutorial class exercises. Formative and Summative: 50% assessed in two assignments on data analysis. Summative: Exam.
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy(Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)

03. Use software for statistical computing and select the appropriate analytical and output options.

Activities:
Task: Conduct tests of correlation, regression, analyses of variance and further post hoc tests, using software for statistical computing. Formative: Parts of six of 12 tutorial class exercises. Formative and Summative: 50% assessed in two assignments on data analysis.
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy(Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

04. Select and conduct correlational analyses to analyse relationships between variables and Analyses of Variance to analyse differences between means.

Activities:
Task: Select and perform statistical techniques appropriate to the research question on relationships and on differences between means. Formative: Parts of six of 12 tutorial class exercises. Formative and Summative: 50% assessed in two assignments on data analysis. Summative: Exam.
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy(Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Writing(Writing)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)

05. Interpret and report on the outcome of statistical tests in APA format.

Activities:
Task: Interpreting and reporting the results of statistical analyses in APA format. Formative: Parts of six of 12 tutorial class exercises. Formative and Summative: 50% assessed in two assignments on data analysis. Summative: Exam.
Writing(Writing)
Inquiry/ Research(Inquiry/ Research)
Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy(Quantitative Literacy/ Numeracy)
Discipline-specific GCs(Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking(Critical Thinking)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Data Analysis Assignments (2 x 1000 words)5001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Exam (1 x 2 hours)Hurdle requirement: 75% tutorial attendance5001, 02, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via video conference.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Data Analysis Assignments (2 x 1000 words)5001, 02, 03, 04, 05
Exam (1 x 2 hours)Hurdle requirement: 75% tutorial attendance5001, 02, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Class requirements

LectureWeek: 10 - 22
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.