Unit description

Equips students with a range of advanced methodological and data-analysis techniques likely to be utilised in psychological research at honours level. Introduces students to the conceptual basis and practical use of the General Linear Model. Students will learn to use the SPSS computer program for the analysis of complex data using ANOVA, multiple regression, factor analysis and other routines. The treatment of potential threats to interpretation (outlying data points, failures to meet relevant assumptions) will be stressed.

Unit content

Topic 1 :Overview of basic statistical concepts, especially variance and parametric statistics

Topic 2: Introduction to the Analysis of Variance: 

  • How variance may be partitioned into between subjects and within subjects variance; and 
  • The basic model

Topic 3: Assumptions of the analysis of variance

Topic 4: Performing multiple comparisons to follow up an ANOVA

Topic 5: Effect size and statistical power

Topic 6: Introduction to Factorial ANOVA

Topic 7: Following up a significant factorial ANOVA

Topic 8: Repeated measures ANOVA

Topic 9: Factorial designs involving repeated measures

Topic 10: Linear regression and introduction to multivariate statistics

Topic 11: Multiple regression

Topic 12: Factor analysis

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

  • Field, A, 2013, Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics, 4th edn, Sage Publications, London. ISBN: 978-4462-4918-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hour (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hours (11 weeks)
Short written response20%
Exam: closed book50%


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hour (12 weeks)
Workshop online 2 hours (11 weeks)
Short written response20%
Exam: closed book50%

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