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PSYC4418 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
The overall purpose of the unit is to develop a demonstrable understanding of applied advanced quantitative methods. Material and demonstrations are provided to help students acquire the competence to identify, evaluate and generate various complex research designs, specify relevant statistical analyses to test particular complex hypotheses, interpret the statistical results, and write key statements that capture the obtained effects.

Core elements of the unit are devoted to understanding in detail the effects of within-subjects designs on error terms, simple-main effects, interaction effects and confidence intervals. Additionally, curvilinear, moderator, and mediation analyses are described and illustrated. Alternative estimation techniques such as bootstrapping are introduced. Finally, advanced classification methods such as logistic regression, factor analysis, cluster analysis and other segmentation analyses can be expected to be covered. Throughout the unit, emphasis is placed on an applied understanding of advanced quantitative methods, as implemented in statistical software and/or some basic hand calculator calculations.
Students are able to analyse complex data sets by using a variety of advanced statistical techniques.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment and (2) final exam. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gilles Gignac
Unit rules
enrolment in Psychology Honours or Master of Business Psychology
Advisable prior study:
Students are expected to have an understanding of intermediate level applied statistics. Consequently, students are encouraged to review material from PSYC3301 Intermediate Quantitative Methods in Psychology, prior to comment of the course. In particular, mixed-design ANOVA and multiple regression.
Approved quota: 75—based on academic merit
Contact hours
alternating lectures/labs: 2 hours per week
Student 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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