UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC3301 Psychological Research Methods: Design and Analysis

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Psychological Science; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit provides an overview of intermediate level statistics typically applied in the behavioral sciences. The emphasis of the unit is on the application of statistics, rather than theory. The expectation is that students completing the unit successfully are able to develop basic research designs, as well as select, perform and interpret statistical analyses. The methods of instruction for the unit are a combination of lectures and laboratories. Lectures address the logic, application, as well as some commonly observed misuses and misinterpretations of statistical techniques. Laboratory sessions focus on the practical application of the ideas covered in lectures. Typically, the laboratory sessions involve students analysing sets of data using the statistical software program (SPSS), possibly writing reports of analyses in a form suitable for publication, as well as evaluating research designs.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) gain a detailed knowledge of various designs and analyses that accommodate more than one independent variable; (2) identify which designs and statistical analyses are appropriate to test particular hypotheses; and (3) interpret and report the results of statistical analyses.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) in-class assessment and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Gilles Gignac
Unit rules
Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Advisable prior study: Students are responsible for ensuring that they understand the basic concepts of statistics. It is recommended that students refresh their knowledge by reading Field (the recommended text) chapters 1, 2 and 3, prior to the commencement of the course. There are refresher lectures available at the start of semester.
Contact hours lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week (for 13 weeks); labs: 1 x 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/PSYC3301/SEM-1/2017
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