PSY301 Advanced Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (8)

This subject covers complex research designs used in psychological research, as well as the statistical techniques that deal with them. Advanced univariate and multivariate techniques such as Factorial Analysis of Variance, MANOVA, ANCOVA, multiple regression, factor analysis and reliability of scales are investigated. Students learn how to use the SPSS statistical program to apply these techniques to analysing data for research. They apply their learning in evaluating published research in terms of results and methodology. Emphasis is also placed on students undertaking key steps in producing a research report in an area of psychological investigation. Students will apply their learning in further study and professional practice.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PSY301. 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



One session


School of Psychology


PSY201 and ( PSY202 or PSY203 or PSY204 or PSY208 )

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to explain the different types of research design used in psychological research and identify the strengths and weaknesses of different designs;
  • be able to identify the wide range of statistical procedures available to the researcher;
  • be able to choose the most appropriate statistical procedures for a research design;
  • be able to interpret the analysis outputs of the statistical procedures covered in the subject;
  • be able to evaluate research papers both from a methodological and a statistical perspective;
  • be able to apply knowledge of statistics and methodology to undertake various key steps (e.g., design, data collection, screening, preparation, analysis of data, and write-up of research results) in producing research of a high quality in an area of psychology; and
  • be able to apply knowledge of statistics and methodology in further study and professional practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Research Methods
  • Reliability Analysis
  • Factor Analysis
  • Factorial Analysis of Variance and ANCOVA
  • Repeated Measures and Mixed Design Analysis of Variance
  • Multiple Regression Analysis including Moderation and Mediation
  • Use of SPSS Statistical Package to analyse research data in detail
  • Interpretation of SPSS output

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY301 in Session 1 2020. 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
Value %
Research article analysis
Research report
Final exam (online test)

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.