PSYC206-20SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2020 start (Distance)

Research Design and Statistics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 9 November 2020
End Date: Sunday, 13 December 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 13 November 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 November 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 MS Excel and statistical software (jamovi).

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 and one-way ANOVA
  • Understand the concepts behind common research designs in the social sciences
  • Use computer software to conduct statistical tests and analyse data

Pre-requisites

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

Course Coordinator

Kristin McLennan

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Written assignment 20%
Lab activities 10%
Weekly online quizzes 10%
Test 1 30% Multi-choice and short answer
Test 2 30% Multi-choice and short answer

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Navarro DJ and Foxcroft DR; learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners; Version 0.70; 2019 (Open source textbook available from: https://www.learnstatswithjamovi.com/).

Recommended Reading

Aron, A., Aron, E. N., & Coups, E. J; Statistics for psychology; 6th Ed; Boston, MA: Pearson Education, 2013.

Additional Course Outline Information

Late submission of work

It is the policy for this course that late work is not accepted.

Notes

All course material, lecture notes and information about the course will be available on the university website known as LEARN.  You can access this website with the following link:  http://www.learn.canterbury.ac.nz/

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 department and colleges page.

All PSYC206 Occurrences

  • PSYC206-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021
  • PSYC206-20SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2020 start (Distance)