PSYC13015 - Advanced Methods in Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will give you the analytic skills necessary to carry out advanced applied research. There is both theory and computer 'hands-on' experiential exercises. The primary aim of the unit is to introduce you to a variety of univariate and multivariate analytic techniques (e.g., t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, Regression, GLM) as well as a choice of appropriate analyses relevant to a specific research design. Online tutorial sessions allow the chance to practice core SPSS skills.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC12047 and PSYC12048.

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

Term 2 - 2019 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

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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%).

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Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 56.46% response rate.

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, Email, chats after the lecture
Feedback
Andy Field main textbook overwhelming
Recommendation
A new version (v.5) of Andy Field’s text will be adopted in 2018. The new version is much improved and appears clearer and easier to read. Additional resources will be given to supplement Field’s text.
Action Taken
V.5 of Field's textbook was used. Students were also directed to a previous pre-requisite unit (e.g. 12047) textbook along with other online and paper based resources.
Source: Moodle, Email, chats after the lecture
Feedback
SPSS hard to master in early weeks
Recommendation
In order to facilitate the adjustment to learning SPSS, two weeks will be dedicated to developing and reviewing foundation SPSS skills.”
Action Taken
An extra week in 2018 was dedicated to developing and reviewing foundation skills.
Source: Moodle, Email, chats after the lecture
Feedback
Too much assessment and feedback sometimes slow as a consequence. 3 hour exam also excessive given the coursework.
Recommendation
Unit content and assessments are designed to adequately reflect the unit learning outcomes. Assessments will be reviewed in order to ensure that they are addressing these outcomes as appropriately as possible.
Action Taken
The exam was removed in 2018 and topics distributed amongst the coursework to cover learning outcomes. Feedback was faster for most assessment items.
Source: Moodle, Email, chats after the lecture
Feedback
Tutor was very approachable and responded quickly to queries.
Recommendation
Maintain Tutor accessibility and quick response to queries
Action Taken
Tutor offered two live Zoom workshops per week and aimed to respond to Discussion board queries within 24 hours.
Source: Moodle, email, chats after class
Feedback
Textbook too detailed
Recommendation
Main textbook will be reviewed to see if still suitable for theoretical and practical aspects of running SPSS analyses. A supplemental 'step by step' textbook will be recommended to help with practical aspects.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle, email, chats after class
Feedback
Lecture content not focused enough
Recommendation
Produce more concise lectures that give students less data analysis options.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle, email, chats after class
Feedback
Major assignment requirements clearer
Recommendation
Produce more detailed and explicit requirements that give students less data analysis options.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle, email
Feedback
Local Tutor support helpful
Recommendation
Have a support Tutor on campuses where PSYC13015 lectures are offered by ISL
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle, email, chats after class
Feedback
Unit Coordinator is enthusiastic about students grasping a difficult subject
Recommendation
Maintain Lecturer enthusiasm and time to interact live, through marking and local Tutor support
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes
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