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PSYC2012: Statistics and Research Methods for Psych

The aim is to introduce students to fundamental concepts in statistics and research design as applied to psychological research. These include summary descriptive statistics, an introduction to the principles and practice of research design (both quantitative and qualitative approaches), and the use of inferential statistics. Building upon this framework, the unit of study aims to develop each student's expertise in understanding the rationale for, and application of, a variety of statistical tests to the sorts of data typically obtained in psychological research.

Code PSYC2012
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
PSYC1001 OR PSYC1002
Assumed knowledge:
Recommended: HSC Mathematics, any level

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Calculate and interpret descriptive statistics such as measures of central tendency and variability
  • LO2. Demonstrate understanding of graphical and tabular representations of data, and be able to use statistical tables
  • LO3. Conduct significance tests for statistical hypotheses relevant to Psychology
  • LO4. Compute and interpret confidence intervals and other effect size indices
  • LO5. Describe, apply, and evaluate the different quantitative research methods used by psychologists
  • LO6. Describe and define qualitative research methods used by psychologists
  • LO7. Demonstrate practical skills in laboratory-based and other psychological research
  • LO8. Recognise potential bias in human thinking, including cultural biases in interpretation of research
  • LO9. Use information in an ethical manner (e.g., acknowledge and respect work and intellectual property rights of others through appropriate citations in oral and written communication); understand the ethical obligations of research scientists and understand best practice in research design

Unit outlines

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