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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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.

Session 3

  • 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.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report30%
Exam: open book50%

Online

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report20%
Report30%
Exam: open book50%
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