PSYC202 Research Methods and Statistics

Updated: 17 October 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Armidale Trimester 3 Online
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
29 April 2019 01 May 2019 Non-Mandatory Trimester 3 does not have an Intensive School.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 18cp or candidature in a postgraduate award or candidature in BAudiometry or BPsycSc (Graduate entry pathway) or GradDipPsych
Co-requisites None
Restrictions PESS202

It is recommended, but not a requirement, that students who do not have a background in psychology complete PSYC101 before enrolling in PSYC202. PSYC202 is a 200-level unit that focuses on research methods, data analysis and SPSS, not the fundamentals of psychology.

Combined Units None
Unit Description

This unit introduces methods of research in the behavioural sciences. Topics covered will include measurement and operationalisation of constructs, the data collection process, and the design of simple studies. Statistics instruction includes descriptive measures, correlation and regression, the comparison of two or more groups in one-way and factorial designs, the logic of statistical inference, and the use of a statistical package (SPSS).

Important Information

Where calculators are permitted in examinations, it must be selected from an approved list, which can be accessed from the Further Information link below.

Further information

Prescribed Material


Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Statistics for The Behavioral Sciences

ISBN: 9781305504912
Gravetter, F.J. and Wallnau, L. B., Cengage Learning US 10th ed. 2016

Note: An eBook is also available (ISBN: 9781337221153). Students can purchase either the paperback or the eBook. Older editions are acceptable.

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433832161
American Psychological Assocation APA 7th ed. 2019

Note: 6th edition (ISBN: 9781433805615) Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association is acceptable.

Text refers to: Trimester 3, Online

SPSS Statistics: A Practical Guide with Student Resource Access 12M

ISBN: 9780170421140
Allen, P. and Bennett, K., Cengage Learning 4th ed. 2018

Note: 3rd edition (ISBN: 9780170348973) SPSS 22: A Practical Guide is out of print but is acceptable.

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

See Note


Note: SPSS Software (Statistics Standard Grad Pack) - Version 22 or 25 is acceptable. Students should purchase this from Hearne since they provide support to the point of installation:

Text refers to: Trimester 1 and 3, On Campus and Online

Recommended Material


Note: Recommended material is held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics

ISBN: 9781526419521
Field, A., Sage Publications 5th ed. 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Online Laboratory Work 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

(multiple choice and/or open-ended task/questions)

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 2-5

Compulsory Practical Report 30% 1300-1400
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3 and 5

Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of research findings as they relate to issues in a psychological context;
  2. independently select appropriate methodology to execute statistical analysis demonstrating your ability to evaluate, interpret and communicate the results to others;
  3. analyse and evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and logic of selected statistical procedures;
  4. apply the use of a statistical software package to conduct a statistical analysis; and
  5. transmit their knowledge in written form using APA style methods and results sections.