PSYC311 - Research Design and Statistics III

10 cp
Prerequisites: PSYC206 Research Design and Statistics 2
Teaching Organisation: 3 contact hours per week over 12 weeks or equivalent.

Psychology is the discipline devoted to the scientific study of human behaviour. As such, when training as a psychologist you are, at the most fundamental level, training as a scientist. This unit is one of three units in the APAC accredited sequence designed to develop foundational competencies in research methods and statistics, as well as on the appropriate values and ethical principles underlying research in psychology. The unit continues the students' training in research design and statistical analysis, which is part of the research toolbox of psychologists, both as researchers themselves, and as practitioners. Like PSYC206, the unit will teach statistical analysis techniques in the context of the research design in which they are used. The unit will extend the students' knowledge and practical skills to the analysis of experimental and non-experimental data in complex research questions, where more than one independent/predictor variable is included. Students will learn how to (a) critically evaluate the internal validity of research studies, (b) conduct and interpret factorial analysis of variance for independent groups, repeated measures and mixed designs, and (c) conduct and interpret multiple regression analysis, including standard and hierarchical forms of model building. In achieving objectives (b) and (c), students will learn to use SPSS to conduct all analyses.