Unit description

Reviews statistical methods and concepts from previous years and considers research methodology and data analysis at an advanced level.  Modern approaches to null hypothesis testing and alternative approaches to data analysis are considered. The construction and analysis of psychometric tests is discussed.

Unit content

  • Systematic reviews
  • Review of research methods, especially analysis of variance and linear regression
  • Designing research projects in Psychology, and power analysis
  • The logic of null hypothesis significance testing
  • The empirical bases underpinning the construction of widely used cognitive and personality assessments
  • Factor analysis
  • Multiple regression
  • Analysis of covariance
  • Multivariate analysis of variance
  • The practicalities of producing a research report, including graphs and APA format.
  • Introduction to advanced statistical 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 SPSS, 4th edn, Sage Publications Ltd, London. ISBN: 978-1-4462-4918-5.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hr (11 wks)
Systematic Review20%
Exam: closed book80%

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