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PSYC13015 - Advanced Methods in Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This course provides students with analytic skills necessary for carrying out advanced applied research. The course provides for both theoretical input and a heavy component of computer 'hands-on' experiential exercises. It is a requirement of this enrolment that students have access to the CQU website via the Internet. The primary aim of the course is to introduce students to a variety of univariate and multivariate analytic techniques (e.g., t-test, ANOVA, GLM) as well as a choice of appropriate analyses relevant to the specific design. Distance education students will be required to attend a residential school for this course.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

 

Successful completion of PSYC12047 and PSYC12048.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2013

Term 2 - 2017 Profile
Bundaberg
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Mixed Mode
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 1 - 2022 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. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
2. Examination 50%

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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.22% 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: Staff self-reflection, students via Moodle and email.
Feedback
Two Zoom workshops per week were positively received.
Recommendation
Maintain this level of interaction to negate the need for a residential school.
Action Taken
Two Zoom workshops were run and again were well received in 2020.
Source: Staff self reflection, students via Moodle and email.
Feedback
Present less analysis options, focus on need to know, versus nice to know.
Recommendation
Clearly signpost what is essential to know and provide step-by-step instructional materials for this. Identify what is nice to know (e.g. for students going on to honours) and provide some advanced extra materials for students wanting more depth.
Action Taken
Less analysis options were presented to students in lecture and Zoom workshops
Source: Staff self reflection, students via Moodle and email.
Feedback
Main textbook continues to polarize opinions, with many students really liking it, but others finding the content too detailed.
Recommendation
The main textbook will be retained as many students find it helpful for understanding statistical theory. Moreover, it is used in similar units across Australian universities. A supplemental textbook will be recommended, providing more step-by-step instructions on using SPSS.
Action Taken
Main textbook was retained. Supplemental textbook was recommended.
Source: Moodle feedback, email, self-reflection.
Feedback
There is a suitable number of assessment tasks to develop SPSS data analysis skills and writing results in APA style.
Recommendation
Maintain the number and type of assessment tasks in 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback, email, self-reflection.
Feedback
Providing too many video resources (e.g., SPSS video demonstrations) from previous years overwhelmed some students.
Recommendation
Only provide one year's worth of past material and signpost whether optional or essential.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle feedback, email, self-reflection.
Feedback
Lecturer was patient and wanted students to grasp difficult material.
Recommendation
Maintain commitment and student engagement in 2021.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Prepare data sets suitable for analysis in SPSS.
  2. Choose appropriate statistics to address a research question.
  3. Analyse data both manually and using SPSS.
  4. Write-up the results of an analysis in clear and concise APA style.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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1 - Practical and Written Assessment
2 - Examination