PSYC206-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Research Design and Statistics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019

Description

An introduction to the theory and practice of statistics in psychology. For psychological science, statistics is a framework for making rational decisions on the basis of data. The course will emphasize the concepts of logic underlying statistics, and provide worked-through examples that illustrate those concepts. An important theme is that anyone can learn statistics - no math beyond basic algebra is required. This is a prerequisite to advancing in psychology beyond PSYC 200-level.

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of statistics in psychology.  For psychological science, statistics is a framework for making rational decisions on the basis of data.  The course will emphasize the concepts and logic underlying statistics, and provide worked-through examples that illustrate those concepts.  An important theme is that anyone can learn statistics - no math beyond basic algebra is required!  There is a laboratory component that will give you practical experience with using statistical software (Statistica).

Learning Outcomes

  • On successfully passing this course, students will be able to:
  • Characterize data using descriptive statistics and graphical methods
  • Display and interpret relationships between variables in scatterplots
  • Calculate and interpret standardized scores (Z scores)
  • Calculate and interpret the correlation coefficient
  • Use regression to make predictions based on the relationship between two variables
  • Understand the logic of null hypothesis testing, significance testing, and statistical power
  • Calculate and interpret results of t tests, one-way ANOVA, and factorial ANOVA
  • Use the chi square test to evaluate hypotheses about categorical variables
  • Use computer software to conduct statistical tests and analyze data

Pre-requisites

At least 15 points in 100-level Psychology and at least 45 points overall

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 10:00 - 11:00 C1 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 K1 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 10:00 - 11:00 K1 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 10:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Monday 15:00 - 17:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Wednesday 08:00 - 10:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
06 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
07 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
08 Thursday 15:00 - 17:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
09 Friday 08:00 - 10:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 1 Apr - 7 Apr
02 Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 1 Apr - 7 Apr
03 Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 A3 Lecture Theatre 1 Apr - 7 Apr
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 A1 Lecture Theatre 20 May - 26 May
02 Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 20 May - 26 May
03 Saturday 10:00 - 12:00 A3 Lecture Theatre 20 May - 26 May

Course Coordinator

Jacinta Cording

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Test No. 1 25%
Test No. 2 25%
Labs/Homework 10%
Final Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Aron, A., & Aron, E. N. & Coups, E.J; Statistics for Psychology; 6th Ed; Pearson Education, 2013.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $850.00

International fee $4,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.

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