PSYC206-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Research Design and Statistics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

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

Timetable 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 K1 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 A1 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Friday 10:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
04 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
05 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
06 Monday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
07 Tuesday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
08 Friday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
1 Mar - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 09:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
22 Mar - 28 Mar
Test B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
31 May - 6 Jun

Course Coordinator

Jacinta Cording

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Written assignment 20%
Lab activities 10%
Weekly online quizzes 10%
Test No. 1 30%
Test No. 2 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Burton, L. J., Goodwin, C. J., Goodwin, K., Jose, P., Reece, J., Gullifer, J., Lambros, A., Mussa, M., & Lamony-Mills, A; Psychology Research Methods; 1st Edition; Wiley.

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.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* 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
  • PSYC206-21SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2021 start (Distance)