PSYC460-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Research Methods in Psychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021


Postgraduate course in statistics and research methods.

PSYC460 is a second-level course in statistics and data analysis, with applications for Psychology.  It is assumed that you have taken an introductory course such as PSYC206, although some revision is provided.  The model comparison framework for understanding inferential statistics is described, and then we spend several classes on multiple regression (including partial and semi-partial correlations; variable selection methods, mediation/moderation, and the General Linear Model), examples of generalized linear models (logistic regression, survival analysis), and mixed-model analysis of repeated-measures data.  Other topics include psychometrics, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, path analysis, and structural equation modeling.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the model comparison approach to inferential statistics, and how modelling concepts underpin data analysis.  
  • Develop research literacy in statistics based on general/generalized linear models, including multiple regression, logistic regression, survival analysis and mixed-model analysis.
  • Develop experience with exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modelling.
  • Gain expertise in use of different software packages (Statstica, SPSS, Excel) for data analysis.
  • Enhance understanding of the links between research practice and statistics methodology.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.


Equivalent Courses

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Randolph Grace


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments (3) 50%
Final Exam 50%

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Field, A; Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics ; 4th Ed; Sage Publications, 2013.

Tabachnick, Barbara G.,1936- , Fidell, Linda S; Using multivariate statistics ; 6th ed; Pearson Education, 2013.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,033.00

* 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 .

All PSYC460 Occurrences

  • PSYC460-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021