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Special Topic: Modern Research Methods - NEW in Semester 2, 2017This course is concerned with methods and strategies that are of major importance to psychology and other behavioural sciences. It places a heavy emphasis on acquiring an in-depth understanding of different types of modern research methods as they occur in their proper scientific contexts.The topics and methods to covered are as follows: perspectives, strategies and methods; the significance sameness paradigm; tests of statistical significance; the new statistics, Bayesian statistical inference; a model of data analysis and replication; exploratory data analysis; computer-intensive resampling methods; robust statistics; exploratory factor analysis; grounded theory method; and, dos and don'ts for conducting thesis research.At the end of the course students should:1) have developed a critical understanding of the methods covered and the do's and don'ts for conducting thesis research2) have a conceptual understanding of the methods and the need to make informed decisions about their proper use.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Subject to approval of the Head of Department
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Domestic fee $963.00
International fee $3,950.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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