PSYC206-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Introductory Research Methods and Statistics

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024

Description

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.

PSYC206 is an introduction to the theory and practice of statistics and research methods 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 research design, and provide worked-through examples that illustrate those concepts. An important theme is that anyone can learn statistics - no math beyond basic algebra is required! The focus in this course will be on interpreting statistical output rather than calculating statistics by hand. This is also the prerequisite course for advancing in psychology beyond the 200-level.

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the semester, you should be able to:

  • Understand the role of research design and statistics in forming scientific understanding and knowledge acquisition in psychology.
  • Evaluate the validity of psychological research—distinguishing between qualitative and quantitative approaches and understanding the application of different research designs to research claims.
  • Understand different perspectives and key decision-points that underlie robust research designs, including co-design with iwi and hapū.
  • Explain the importance of professional standards for research integrity in Aotearoa New Zealand, including ethical treatment of participants, consideration of Mātauranga Māori in research, honest scholarship.
  • Analyse quantitative data using basic descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Apply the concepts of effect size, statistical power, and statistical significance testing to evaluate quantitative research findings.
  • Use insights from your knowledge of a research study’s design and data to engage with the wider scientific literature.  
  • Communicate quantitative research methods and results accurately and clearly, adhering to APA Publication Manual standards.

Prerequisites

At least 15 points in 100-level Psychology and at least 45 points overall

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 16:00 - 17:00 C1 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 10:00 A1 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Monday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
05 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
06 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
07 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
08 Friday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 24 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
09 Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
10 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
11 Thursday 16:00 - 18:00 Psychology - Sociology 225
26 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

Please note that ComA self-allocation will start on Monday, 19 Feb, 9.00am.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Michael Philipp

Lab Coordinator

Ailsa Humphries

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
In-class quizzes 10%
Written lab summaries 15%
Test One 25%
Research Report 25%
Test Two 25%


Attendance at lectures and labs is expected. While classes will be recorded for study purposes, in-class quizzes will form 10% of your final grade and in-lab assignments will form an additional 10% of your final grade. These quizzes/assignments will not be able to be completed outside of lectures and labs. If you are not able to regularly attend lectures and labs, please enrol in the distance offering of this course instead (PSYC206-23S1-D).

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Burton, L. J., Goodwin, C. J., Goodwin, K., Jose, P., Reece, J., Gullifer, J., Lambros, A., Mussa, M., & Lamony-Mills, A; Psychology Research Methods ; 1st Ed; Wiley, 2017.

Navarro DJ and Foxcroft DR; learning statistics with jamovi: a tutorial for psychology students and other beginners ; Version 0.70; 2019 (Open source textbook available from: https://www.learnstatswithjamovi.com).

Recommended Reading

Aron, A., Aron, E. N., & Coups, E. J; Statistics for psychology ; 6th Ed; Boston, MA: Pearson Education, 2013.

Occasionally additional readings will be assigned and provided digitally via LEARN.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

International fee $4,988.00

* 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.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

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