PSYC12047 - Introduction to Data Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to preliminary concepts in statistics. The material covered in this unit will allow you to do research as part of your undergraduate and/or professional career/s. The goal of this unit is to provide you with the skills to perform basic statistical analyses (e.g., t-tests, ANOVA, chi-square, linear regression, etc.), as they apply in the health, human, and social sciences. It is a recommendation of enrolment in the unit that you have competency at secondary-level mathematics. Students lacking competency at secondary level (including basic algebra) are encouraged to contact the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) to discuss their options before enrolling in this unit.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Portfolio 50%
3. Written Assessment 10%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Many students have given positive feedback on the iterative assessment - stating this was crucial in helping them stay on top of the material
Recommendation
Maintain the strong role for iterative weekly assessment.
Action Taken
The iterative assessment schedule was maintained this year, and enhanced through the inclusion of example tasks. which gave students detailed feedback on their performance. The student feedback was, again, generally positive, in terms of this approach helping them stay on top of the material.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
Improve the layout of the quizzes on the LHS panel of the Moodle site
Recommendation
There are many assessment involved, so navigation can be difficult. Suggest getting assistance from ITD on ensuring layout is in correct order, making it easier to find each one.
Action Taken
The layout of the quizzes on Moodle was improved, through the clarification of assessment names, and removing the practice quizzes from the panel.
Source: Moodle feedback
Feedback
There were inconsistencies and errors on worksheets or assessment
Recommendation
Check worksheets thoroughly to ensure there are no errors or typographical issues.
Action Taken
Content was carefully checked for errors. The worksheets will be updated in 2019 to ensure they are consistent with the data tables used in the final exam.
Source: Unit evaluations and personal email correspondence with students
Feedback
Students provided positive feedback on the structure and delivery of the lectures. Specifically, they found the 'what, why, how' approach easy to follow. They also said they appreciated the step-by-step explanations and demonstrations of calculation steps for each statistical test.
Recommendation
Continue the practical approach to the theoretical and calculation aspects of the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Unit evaluations
Feedback
Students generally appreciated the iterative assessment schedule of the unit, and noted that this approach helped them to stay on top of the content and focus their learning efforts effectively.
Recommendation
Continue the iterative assessment schedule.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle forums and email correspondence
Feedback
Feedback was given concerning the amount of time given for the Online Quizzes; specifically, they advised that they would appreciate an extra five minutes reading time (i.e., in addition to the 20 minutes) for each quiz.
Recommendation
Include a five-minute reading time for each of the Online Quiz assessment tasks, in order to enable students to familiarise themselves with the questions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain and evaluate different statistical methods and procedures
  2. Apply statistical procedures, methods and calculations
  3. Translate statistical output into a summary, formatted in APA style.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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3 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Portfolio