PSYCHOL 6605OL - Project Planning, Managing and Analysing Data

Online - Online Teaching 5 - 2022

What skills do you need to plan a project, manage a dataset, and effectively analyse data in the real-world? Building on the theory and skills developed in Applied Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, this course emphasises the competencies required to plan, carry out, and distribute research in a rigorous, transparent, and ethically responsible way. This course also introduces students to two new statistical techniques which can be used to model more detailed patterns in data.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 6605OL
    Course Project Planning, Managing and Analysing Data
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Online Teaching 5
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 2 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6600OL, PSYCHOL 6601OL and 6602OL
    Restrictions Available to Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Advanced) (OL) students only
    Course Description What skills do you need to plan a project, manage a dataset, and effectively analyse data in the real-world? Building on the theory and skills developed in Applied Quantitative and Qualitative Methods, this course emphasises the competencies required to plan, carry out, and distribute research in a rigorous, transparent, and ethically responsible way. This course also introduces students to two new statistical techniques which can be used to model more detailed patterns in data.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jonathan Bartholomaeus

    Course Timetable

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

    Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Implement key processes required to plan and conduct a research project in psychology
    2 Generate an ethics application suitable for a research project in psychology
    3 Develop a transparent and reproducible data analysis plan
    4 Demonstrate rigorous data management and analysis practices
    5 Formulate principled arguments for the use of either structural equation modelling or multilevel modelling in order to answer research questions
    6 Communicate the results of statistical analyses in an APA-style results format
    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)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency

    Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and to engage in online tutorials.
    Students will need to install free, open-source, cross-platform packages for statistical analysis (JASP) on their computer. Required readings will be available through MyUni
    Recommended Resources
    Detailed reading lists will be provided within course modules on Myuni; all readings will be accessible online.
    Online Learning
    This is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to resources, online tutorial support, and assignments, including submissions, feedback, and grades
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engagement with course content is facilitated by online videos, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self-directed study supported by weekly online 90 minute tutorial sessions.

    There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.

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

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements. This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 25 hours per week on this course.

    Hours per Week
    Tutorials: 1.5 hours
    Tutorial preparation: 1 hour
    Assessment-related tasks: 8.5 hours
    Engaging with online activities: 9 hours
    Weekly reading/study: 5 hours
    Learning Activities Summary
    The course is presented over six weeks, with one module per week:

    1. Planning a Research Project
    Defining the scope of your research project
    Working with a supervisor
    Managing a research project

    2. Research Questions and Methodology 
    Developing a research question
    Designing the study
    Power analysis 

    3. Ethical Approval and Registering an Analysis Plan 
    Human research ethics
    Applying for ethical approval
    The Open Science Framework (OSF)  

    4. Collecting and Managing Data 
    Constructing a survey
    Data storage and management
    Preparing a dataset 

    5. Latent Variable Structural Equation Modelling
    Latent variable Structural Equation Modelling (SEM)
    Interpreting SEM results
    Running SEM in JASP
    Reporting SEM results 

    6. Multilevel Modelling
    Multilevel Modelling (MLM)
    Interpreting MLM output
    Running MLM in JASP
    Reporting MLM results
    Specific Course Requirements
  • 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 Task Type Weighting (%) Hurdle requirement Learning Outcome
    1. Project Planning and Research Design Quiz Summative 20 No 1
    2. Practice Ethics Application and Data Analysis Plan Summative 40 No 1,2,3,4
    3A. Latent Variable SEM and MLM Data Analysis Summative 40 No 4,5,6
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Submission via Turnitin. All assignments are due by 11:59pm ACST/ACDT on the Sunday at the end of the week in which they are due. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions.

    Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be emailed to the course coordinator and submitted before the due date. The course coordinator will consider the request in the light of the case made and University deadlines, and may grant an extension of up to three days.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Project Planning and Research Design Quiz (20%, due end of week 2)
    The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate your understanding of, and ability to implement, project management and interpersonal skills. Implementing research design principles and the ability to conduct power analysis will also be assessed.

    Assessment 2: Practice Ethics Application and Pre-registration (40%, due end of week 4)
    This assessment is designed to familiarise you with the process of gaining ethics approval, specifically at the University of Adelaide. Additionally, it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of Open Science practices and to explore them in an applied task. 

    Assessment 3: SEM and MLM Data Analysis (40%, due end of week 6)
    The purpose of this assessment is to evaluate your ability to select the correct analysis in order to answer a research question; autonomously conduct structural equation modelling and multilevel modelling analyses in JASP; and report the results of these analyses according to APA guidelines.

    Fully online course: e-submission and marking.
    Course Grading

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

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    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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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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