|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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School of Psychological Sciences
See iLearn for consultation hoursConvenor
School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences
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This unit provides students with an introduction to research design and statistical analysis. In this unit, students will learn about common research methods used in psychology and related disciplines, critically analyse these methods, and be able to conduct their own analyses. Both experimental and non-experimental research methods are covered, as well as a variety of statistical tests, including t-tests, correlation, and chi square analyses.
Students will learn data management techniques and appropriate methods to summarise data, including both numeric and graphical summaries. Students will also gain hands-on experience using the statistical software Stata.
Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://www.mq.edu.au/study/calendar-of-dates
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
You will be using the software package Stata throughout the unit including for most assessments and practical classes. See how to download Stata for free in the Delivery and Resources section, below, and in the Required Resources area of the Unit Information block in iLearn.
Requirements to pass this unit:
To pass this unit you must:
Assessment: Practice-based skills for Practical classes (0%)
During Practical exercises, completed in Practical classes, you will practice using Stata and applying knowledge gained in lectures and tutorials. You must attend the class that you are enrolled into. To pass this hurdle assessment, you must be able to demonstrate your progress in developing and communicating knowledge and skills in at least 10 out of 12 Practical exercises. This is a hurdle assessment meaning that failure to meet this requirement may result in a fail grade for the unit.
Assessment: Online quizzes (20%)
The online quizzes test your conceptual understanding and practical application of skills learned during lectures, tutorial and practical classes. More information will be available on iLearn.
Assessment: Research Report Part 1 and 2 (40%)
Submit assignments online via the appropriate assignment link on the iLearn page. A personalised cover sheet is not required with online submissions. Read the submission statement carefully before accepting it as there are substantial penalties for making a false declaration.
You may submit as often as required prior to the due date/time. Please note that each submission will completely replace any previous submissions. It is in your interests to make frequent submissions of your partially completed work as insurance against technical or other problems near the submission deadline.
Late Assessment Submission Penalty:
Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a 5% penalty (of the total possible mark) will be applied each day a written assessment is not submitted, up until the 7th day (including weekends and public holidays). After the 7th day, a grade of '0' will be awarded even if the assessment is submitted. Submission time for all written assessments is set at 11:55 pm. A 1-hour grace period is provided to students who experience a technical concern.
For any late submission of time-sensitive tasks, such as scheduled assessment quizzes/ scheduled tests/ exams, and/or presentations students need to submit an application for Special Consideration.
Assessments where Late Submissions will be accepted:
Final Exam Policy:
The final exam for this unit is scheduled to occur on Macquarie University campus. Students are expected to make themselves available for the final exam, at the date and time set by the University, in line with the Assessment Policy and Procedure. It is Macquarie University policy not to set early examinations for individuals or groups of students. All students are expected to ensure that they are available until the end of the teaching semester, that is, the final day of the official examination period. The only excuse for not sitting an examination at the designated time is because of documented illness or unavoidable disruption. In these special circumstances, you may apply for special consideration via ask.mq.edu.au.
If you receive special consideration for the final exam, a supplementary exam will be scheduled in the interval between the regular exam period and the start of the next session. By making a special consideration application for the final exam you are declaring yourself available for a resit during this supplementary examination period and will not be eligible for a second special consideration approval based on pre-existing commitments. Please ensure you are familiar with the policy prior to submitting an application. Approved applicants will receive an individual notification one week prior to the exam with the exact date and time of their supplementary examination.
Written Assessments/Quizzes/Tests: If you experience circumstances or events that affect your ability to complete the written reports or quizzes in this unit on time, please inform the convenor and submit a Special Consideration request through ask.mq.edu.au
Weekly practice-based tasks for Practical classes: To pass the unit you need to demonstrate ongoing development of skills and application of knowledge in 10 out of 12 of the weekly practical classes and completion of practical exercises. If you miss your scheduled practical class due to a serious, unavoidable and significant disruption, you should attend another class that week. See the Practical Information section in iLearn for a list of classes. If it is not possible to attend another class in that week, you should request an extension to the practical deadlines by emailing STAT1103@mq.edu.au. Please do not apply for special consideration for practical classes or exercises.
|Practice Based Skills for practicals classes||0%||Yes||Weekly|
|Online quizzes||20%||No||Weeks 3, 8|
|Research Report part 1||15%||No||Week 6|
|Research Report part 2||25%||No||Week 10|
|Final Examination||40%||No||University exam period|
Assessment Type 1: Practice-based task
Indicative Time on Task 2: 12 hours
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)
In these Practicals, students will practice a range of statistical & research design techniques. To pass this hurdle assessment, students must be able to demonstrate their progress in developing and communicating knowledge and skills by completing practical exercises.
Multiple online quizzes spread across the session containing short answer and/or multiple choice questions testing both conceptual understanding and practical application of skills.
Students will submit the first part of a psychology research report in APA format.
Students will submit the remainder of the psychology research report in APA format that they began in Part 1.
Formal examination testing the learning outcomes of the unit.
1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:
2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation
Lectures (beginning in Week 1): Each week, there are approximately 2 hours of pre-recorded lecture videos to watch, made available on the iLearn site. The pre-recorded lectures will be available the weekend before the week commences. Lectures must be watched prior to attending the tutorial and practical classes that same week. There is also a one-hour live online Q&A session every week occuring Mondays 1-2pm where students can ask questions about the lecture material. These Q&A sessions wlill be held via Echo360 live stream. Access these sessions via the iLearn site by clicking on the Echo block.
Tutorial classes (beginning in Week 1): Students must register via eStudent and attend one 1-hour tutorial class per week. These classes are on campus for the "in person" unit offering and online via zoom for the "online" offering. Tutorial classes run from Week 1 to Week 12.
Practical classes (beginning in Week 1): Students must register via eStudent and attend one 1-hour practical class per week. These classes are on campus for the "in person" unit offering and online via zoom for the "online" offering. Tutorial classes run from Week 1 to Week 12.
The timetable for classes can be found on the University website at: https://timetables.mq.edu.au/
Enrolment can be managed using eStudent at: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/technology/systems/estudent
Please see the Required Resources section of iLearn for details of recommended and required texts and other resources. Textbooks can change from one year to another so do not purchase without checking iLearn.
Technology Used and Required: All unit material is delivered through iLearn. The link may be found at http://ilearn.mq.edu.au. This unit requires use of a laptop or desktop computer so that the statistical package Stata can be installed and used; Stata can be downloaded for free from the university through the following link: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/technology/software/stata. Students can also install the Microsoft Office Suite (containing Excel and Word etc) for free, this may be useful for report writing and data set handling (https://students.mq.edu.au/support/technology/software/microsoft).
Communication: We will communicate with you via announcements on iLearn and your university email. Queries to convenors can either be placed on the iLearn discussion board or sent to STAT1103@mq.edu.au from your university email address.
COVID Information: For the latest information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please refer to the Coronavirus infection page on the Macquarie website: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/coronavirus-faqs. Remember to check this page regularly in case the information and requirements change during semester. If there are any changes to this unit in relation to COVID, these will be communicated via iLearn.
See iLearn for details of assessment delivery and timings. Note that this schedule is subject to change if necessary.
Research design and analysis; Stata demonstration
|3||Hypothesis testing||Quiz 1|
|4||Ethics + Measurement|
|6||Non-experimental designs||Report part 1|
|8||Categorical data analysis||Quiz 2|
|10||Mixed methods||Report part 2|
Best practice in Psychological Science
|12||Putting it all together|
|Final examination period|
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Unit information based on version 2023.06 of the Handbook