PSYC3301 Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Psychology

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
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
The overall purpose of the unit is to develop a demonstrable understanding of intermediate quantitative methods. Material and demonstrations are provided to help students acquire the competence to identify, evaluate and generate various research designs, specify relevant statistical analyses to test particular hypotheses, interpret the statistical results, and write key statements that capture the obtained effects. A substantial amount of the unit is devoted to the description of the principles associated with between-subjects and within-subjects designs which include more than one independent variable. Correspondingly, several statistical techniques are introduced to test hypotheses relevant to the test of the difference between three or more means. The distinction between main effects and interactions is covered within the ANOVA framework. Additionally, a significant amount of the unit is devoted to the description of the general linear model as reflected in the context of bivariate regression and multiple regression. A small percentage of the unit is devoted to non-parametric statistical techniques. Finally, issues relevant to ethics in research, the importance of effect size, and the conditions that facilitate causal inferences are also covered. Emphasis is placed on an applied understanding of quantitative methods as implemented in statistical software (e.g. SPSS).
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 Nicholas Badcock
Unit rules
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
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 reviewing the material they learned in PSYC2203, prior to the commencement of the course.
Contact hours
lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week (for 13 weeks); labs: 1 x 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
Enrolled students can access unit material via LMS (Learning Management System).

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.

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychological Science textbooks list.

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