PSY201 Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (8)

This subject introduces students to current methodological and statistical techniques used in psychological research. A number of methodological approaches and data collection techniques are examined and evaluated. Students are also introduced to hypothesis testing, a range of common parametric and non-parametric inferential tests, and computer analysis of data.

Availability

Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online
Bathurst Campus
Session 3 (90)
Online
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY201. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

PSY101 and PSY102

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate an understanding of the value of quantitative research;
  • describe the applications, limitations, strengths, and weaknesses of a range of research methodologies;
  • select appropriate methodology(ies) for answering research questions;
  • describe the concepts, principles, and processes involved in developing high quality research;
  • describe and apply the ethical principles to be followed in carrying out research in psychology;
  • select, compute, and interpret selected parametric and non-parametric statistics appropriate to nominated research methods;
  • use a computer package (eg., SPSS) to analyse data; and
  • follow the conventions of the American Psychological Association for reporting research.

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • * the foundations of research
  • * introduction to quantitative methods
  • * sampling
  • * ethical principles in psychological research
  • * topics in parametric statistics
  • * topics in non-parametric statistics
  • * power, effect size, and confidence intervals
  • * conventions for report writing in psychology

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY201 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Assumed knowledge test
0
2
Introduction & method section of a research report
30
3
Research report
30
4
Final exam
40

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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