PSYCHOL 4301 - Research Methods and Statistics

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2021

This advanced statistics and methodology course provides material relevant for the preparation of a thesis at an Honours level. It includes material relating to both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students will attend face-to-face lectures, complete independent learning exercises as well as supervised laboratory sessions.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 4301
    Course Research Methods and Statistics
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 6 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge PSYCHOL 3020 or equivalent
    Restrictions Available to B.Psychological Science (Honours) and B. Psychology (Advanced) (Honours) students only
    Course Description This advanced statistics and methodology course provides material relevant for the preparation of a thesis at an Honours level. It includes material relating to both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Students will attend face-to-face lectures, complete independent learning exercises as well as supervised laboratory sessions.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Matthew Dry

    Dr Matthew Dry -
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    Please refer to Honours handbook
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:

    1.Use statistical packages required for quantitative analysis (e.g., R, SPSS and Excel).

    2.Apply advanced knowledge in statistics to experimental and applied research.

    3.Apply different forms of qualitative analysis, including the analysis of themes and discourse analysis

    4.Critically evaluate methodological designs and select appropriate analytical strategies for research projects

    5.Understand the interpretation and appropriate reporting requirements for statistical and qualitative data.

    6.Understand the concepts of validity and reliability as they apply to psychometric testing and be able to critically evaluate widely used psychometric tests
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Online Learning
    Material from the training seminars offered during the semester will be made available on MyUni. This course may use MyUni for one or more of  the following:- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board- Submission of summative assessment- Access to lecture recordings- Access to tutorial materials- Additional readings- Self-directed learning activities- Exam preparation materialsLink to MyUni:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Details will be made available on MyUni.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    Details will be made available on MyUni.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Details will be made available on MyUni.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting  Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    Mid-semester exercise Summative 30 2, 5, 6
    Examination Summative 70 1-5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students will be required to complete a written assignment and a written exam.
    Assessment Detail
    The written assignment will be marked based on the extent to which students are able to demonstrate the ability to select the appropriate statistical test as well as conduct and report the analysis accurately.  
    The 30% assignment will be submitted online via Turnitin and the Canvas system.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M11 (Honours Mark Scheme)
    GradeGrade reflects following criteria for allocation of gradeReported on Official Transcript
    Fail A mark between 1-49 F
    Third Class A mark between 50-59 3
    Second Class Div B A mark between 60-69 2B
    Second Class Div A A mark between 70-79 2A
    First Class A mark between 80-100 1
    Result Pending An interim result RP
    Continuing Continuing CN

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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