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. Students are introduced to parametric statistics and correlations as methods for the description of variables and their relations. A basic understanding of the concepts underlying hypothesis testing is provided, with emphasis upon the normal distribution and central limit theorem. The use of t-tests for examining hypotheses about differences between groups and conditions is described. The conceptual basis of analysis of variance for testing hypotheses regarding experiments where the number of groups exceeds two is also described.

Unit content

Topic 1: Basic concepts 
Topic 2: Describing and exploring data 
Topic 3: Basic concepts of probability
Topic 4: The normal distribution 
Topic 5: Pearson's correlation coefficient
Topic 6: Sampling distribution and central limit theorem
Topic 7: Hypothesis testing: t-test for a single mean
Topic 8: Hypothesis testing: repeated measures t-test
Topic 9: Hypothesis testing: independent measures t-test
Topic 10: Assumptions and their implications
Topic 11: Hypothesis testing for 3 or more means, analysis of variance (ANOVA)
Topic 12: Revision

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 2

  • Boslaugh, S, 2012, Statistics in a Nutshell, 2nd edn, O'Reilly Media, Sebastapol, CA. ISBN: Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-1682-2, Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-1692-1.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour
Short written response5%
Short written response10%
Exam: open book50%
Short written response15%
Short written response20%


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour
Short written response5%
Short written response10%
Exam: open book50%
Short written response15%
Short written response20%

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