PSYC206-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Research Design and Statistics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020

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 emphasise 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 maths beyond basic algebra is required! There is a laboratory component that will give you practical experience with using statistical software (SPSS).

Learning Outcomes

On successfully passing this course, students will be able to:
 Characterise data using descriptive statistics and graphical methods
 Display and interpret relationships between variables in scatterplots
 Calculate and interpret standardised 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 analyse data

Prerequisites

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

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 $867.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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 departments and faculties page .

All PSYC206 Occurrences

  • PSYC206-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020
  • PSYC206-20SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2020 start (Distance)