PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology; Criminology major sequences
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit introduces a range of psychological research techniques and illustrates their strengths and weaknesses through the discussion of psychological research in areas such as cognition, clinical and developmental psychology. Students are instructed in the basic principles of research design and inferential decision making.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand fundamental concepts in measurement such as reliability and validity and their importance to psychological research and practice; (2) develop a basic understanding of experimental research designs in psychology; (3) develop fundamental data analysis skills especially with regard to the exploration and description and interpretation of data collected from correlational or experimental research designs; and (4) develop a basic understanding of the principles regarding the identification of causal relations between independent and dependent variables.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research-focused assignments and (2) examinations. 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)
Associate Professor Troy Visser
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain or PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Note
Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They are required to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
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