A basic understanding of the concepts underlying hypothesis testing is provided, with emphasis upon the normal distribution and central limit theorem. Equips students with a range of quantitative data analytic techniques (correlation, z-test, single-sample t-test, between groups t-test, and repeated measures t-test) utilised in psychological research.
- Descriptive statistics
- The normal distribution and measures of association between variables
- The logic of null-hypothesis testing
- Two-sample dependent and independent means t-tests
- Threats to validity and interpretation of null-hypothesis testing
- Modern approaches to quantitative research
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.
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:|
|1||calculate basic descriptive statistics on a variety of real-world data sets|
|2||interpret measures of association between continuous variables common to psychological investigation|
|3||select and perform appropriate hypothesis tests for simple experimental designs|
|4||interpret and communicate the results of analyses using appropriate conventions in psychology|
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
- calculate basic descriptive statistics on a variety of real-world data sets
- interpret measures of association between continuous variables common to psychological investigation
- select and perform appropriate hypothesis tests for simple experimental designs
- interpret and communicate the results of analyses using appropriate conventions in psychology
Prescribed Learning Resources
- Howell, G, 2016, Fundamental Statistics for the Behavioural Sciences, 9th Ed., Cengage Learning, Boston, MA.
Students need to purchase, or have access to, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). If purchasing SPSS, the "Base Grad Pack" is sufficient for this unit. This pack retails for approximately $50 and can be downloaded for free before license purchase.
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