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This course is an introduction to the theory and application of research design and statistics in psychology. For psychological science, understanding good research design and how to interpret statistical results are key for making rational decisions on the basis of research and data. The course will emphasise the concepts of valid and reliable research, research ethics, and the interpretation of statistical results using real-life examples from the psychological literature. An important theme is that anyone can learn statistics - no math beyond basic algebra is required and you are not required to hand-calculate the statistical outputs. Instead, the focus of the statistical content of the course will be on interpreting outputs from software such as MS Excel and jamovi. This course is a prerequisite to advancing in psychology beyond PSYC 200-level.
This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of statistics in psychology. For psychological science, statistics is a framework for making rational decisions on the basis of data. The course will emphasise the concepts and logic underlying statistics, and provide worked-through examples that illustrate those concepts. An important theme is that anyone can learn statistics - no maths beyond basic algebra is required! There is a laboratory component that will give you practical experience with using MS Excel and statistical software (jamovi).
On successfully passing this course, students will be able to:Characterise data using descriptive statistics and graphical methodsDisplay and interpret relationships between variables in scatterplotsCalculate and interpret standardised scores (Z scores)Calculate and interpret the correlation coefficientUse regression to make predictions based on the relationship between two variablesUnderstand the logic of null hypothesis testing, significance testing, and statistical powerCalculate and interpret results of t tests and one-way ANOVAUnderstand the concepts behind common research designs in the social sciencesUse computer software to conduct statistical tests and analyse data
At least 15 points in 100-level Psychology and at least 45 points overall
Navarro DJ and Foxcroft DR;
Learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners
2019 (Open source textbook available from: https://www.learnstatswithjamovi.com/).
Aron, A., Aron, E. N., & Coups, E. J;
Statistics for psychology
Boston, MA: Pearson Education, 2013.
Domestic fee $916.00
International fee $4,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
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School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing