PSYC14047 - Advanced Data Analysis

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This module develops the analytic skills necessary for implementing applied psychological research and analysis. As such, the module provides for both theoretical input and a heavy component of computer based experiential exercises using the SPSS statistics package.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CU77 or CA44 or CC42

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

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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) 20%
2. Practical Assessment 60%
3. Examination 20%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 55.36% 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 feedback.
The textbook suits some students more than others. Field has an informal, discursive approach, which is less intimidating than most statistics textbooks. However, many students find Field too long-winded.
No text will suit all students, but it is particularly important to make choices that support those students who are less confident with statistics. Accordingly, the current text will be retained.
Action Taken
The current text was retained, but will be upgraded to the new edition which will require changes to the lecture notes.
Source: Moodle feedback
Consider breaking up delivery of content, so as to avoid 2 hour lecture as being too much content to absorb in one sitting.
There is a continuing process of introducing targeted, specific and short recorded videos on particular topics. The proportion of content introduced in this manner should be increased next offering.
Action Taken
This will need to be considered further in 2019 as a change of lecturers in this term has delayed implementation. This remains a focus as short 'how to' videos in particular appear useful for students.
Source: Moodle feedback
Adjust the assessment percentage of the SPSS practical component
Whilst the weekly iterative assessment attracts much positive comment, students also feel that it may be worth too much of the overall course grade. Accordingly, an adjustment of the assessment weights will be considered so as to slightly reduce the weight given to the SPSS practicals.
Action Taken
After consideration with discipline peers it was decided the current weighting was appropriate and will therefore remain.
Source: Formal and informal textbooks
Update unit content to reflect current MACROs and the new Field textbook
With the introduction of the new PROCESS macro, new instructions for installing and using the macro will be required. Lecture content will need to be updated to support the new textbook.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Employ statistical writing skills to the level required for fourth-year psychology
  2. Implement applied psychological research analysis
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a variety of advanced analytic techniques
  4. Choose appropriate analyses relevant to specific research designs
  5. Write and present findings in a scientific format

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Examination