Students must have access to SPSS, a statistical software package, for this course. SPSS can be bought from the Co-Op bookshop, accessed on University computers (e.g. C5C labs), and/or accessed online via iLab. See https://wiki.mq.edu.au/display/iLab/About for more information about accessing SPSS via iLab.
If you experience technological difficulties with iLearn or iLab, make sure you take a screenshot of any error messages or difficulties that occur, and contact the university's technical support team via OneHelp. Raise and track requests directly at onehelp.mq.edu.au. Alternatively, you can log an issue by calling the IT HelpDesk on (02) 9850 HELP (4357), email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the IT HelpDesk located in C5C. Because iLearn and use of SPSS are fundamental to PSY248, it is your responsibility to make sure you can access both throughout the semester, especially when needed for weekly quizzes and the assignments. See http://www.mq.edu.au/onehelp/FAQ.html for more information.
Lecture and Practical Times
There are 3 x 1-hour lectures and 1 x 1-hour practical per week. Practicals commence in Week 2. Students will be assigned to practicals via the automated enrolment procedure. Please note that if you are enrolled as a full-time student, work commitments need to be structured around your study, not vice versa. Changes of practical times will only be sanctioned where unresolved clashes have occurred and free spaces in a practical class exist.
Required and Additional Readings
• Field, A. (2014). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics (4th ed.). London: SAGE.
This is a very student-friendly text that combines statistical principles and the use of SPSS. This text will also be used in PSY349 and PSY418 in coming years, and thus goes beyond the scope of this course.
These are also available for downloading on the PSY248 iLearn page:
- Chekaluk, E. (2015). PSY248 – Design and Statistics 2: Notes on ANOVA lecture topics.
- Beath, A. (2016). Using the General Linear Model (GLM) Command in SPSS in PSY248.
Additional Statistics References
- Christensen, L.B. & Stoup, C.M. (1991). Introduction to statistics for the social and behavioral sciences (2nd ed.). Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole
The best of the introductory texts, which covers knowledge assumed for this course. The approach is consistent with the present course, but it is not comprehensive enough to be a text.
- Harris, R.J. (1994) ANOVA: An analysis of variance primer. Itasca, Ill: Peacock
This book probably best follows the approach taken to the analysis of experimental data in this course. It is reasonably advanced and requires some level of mathematical sophistication (despite the author denying this).
- Hays, W.L. (1994) (5th Edition) Statistics. Harcourt Brace: Sydney
This is a classical, complete statistics text that covers the material in this course and more. It is not all that easy to read, but makes an excellent reference source.
- Howell, D. C. (2013) (8th ed.) Statistical methods for psychology. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
This is comprehensive introductory to intermediate level text that overlaps to a reasonable level with this course.
- Ott, L. (1988) (3rd Edition) An introduction to statistical methods and data analysis. Boston: PWS-Kent
A comprehensive book that suffers because the examples rarely use psychological designs. Goes well beyond the current course.
As well as the textbook, and course notes, the main reference materials for more technical computing information are the following, which will be available on the PSY248 website:
If students want additional material, any of the following might be helpful. Please note that most of these are introductory, but some cover more complex procedures than those covered in this course.
Francis, G. (2007). Introduction to SPSS for Windows. Fifth Edition, Versions 15.0 and 14.0. Sydney: Pearson.
Coakes, S., & Steed, L. (2010). SPSS analysis without anguish. Version 18. Sydney: John Wiley.
George, D., & Mallery, P. (2014). IBM SPSS Statistics 23 step by step: a simple guide and reference. 14th Edition. Sydney: Pearson.
Brace, N., Kemp, R., & Snelgar, R. (2012) SPSS for psychologists: 5th Edition. Hampshire: Macmillan.
Corston, R. & Colman, A. (2008). A Crash Course in SPSS for Windows. 4th Edition. Oxford:Blackwell.
Bryman, A. & Cramer, D. (2005) Quantitative Data Analysis with SPSS 12 and 13. London: Routledge.