Fall 2019 - PSYC 301 D100

Intermediate Research Methods and Data Analysis (4)

Class Number: 9886

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 3 – Dec 2, 2019: Mon, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 12, 2019
    Thu, 12:00–2:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201 and 210 and a minimum CGPA of 2.67.



A continuation of PSYC 201 and 210. Provides extensions of the basic theory and methods of research design and data analysis. Includes discussions of the analysis of substantive problems, the choice of appropriate research designs, and special problems that arise in the analysis of psychological data. Quantitative.


This course is about statistics, data analysis and related matters.  Why do we spend time on this material?  Because 

High quality empirical research in the social sciences is possible only through a thorough understanding of statistics/data analysis.

Statistics is difficult.  

Most of the difficulty arises as a result of a dense terminology, and the need for precise, logical thought.

Aim of Course:
To develop a competency in thinking about certain statistical issues as they arise in psychology/An understanding of what you, and others, are doing when doing statistics.

Note:  A deep understanding of mathematics is not required.  The ability to think logically is required.  
Note:  You will not walk out of this course a master data analyst.  Mastery takes years.

If you do well in Psyc301, you should take Psyc410 (advanced ANOVA) and Psyc411 (multivariate analysis).  Make no mistake: Honours theses involve complicated analyses and if you are planning to do an honours, you will thank yourself for taking the time to gain a decent training in statistical methodology.  

This is not an empirical fact based course.  Sometimes there is no simple answer.      

Practical Details   You are expected to know the material presented in lecture and tutorial.  This material is supported by various other sources, notably readings that will be placed in the copier room on an as needed basis and outlines handed out in class.

Assignments: You will carry out SPSS analyses and answer questions.  Although the assignments are more applied in nature, I will, occasionally, include a logical question.  These assignments are supposed to be challenging.  You will be working with real data and typically inventing solutions to tricky problems.  How you state your conclusions does matter (i.e, competent writing will be rewarded).  

Note: Late assignments will receive a mark of zero.    

Exams: 1 Midterm (October 28), 1 Final (December 12)  
- 3 to 5 short essay.
- How you state your opinions matters.
- The final is not cumulative  


  • The assignment of marks will be according to the following scheme:
  • 4 Assignments: 40%
  • 1 Midterm: 30%
  • 1 Final: 30%


The grade categories are as follows:
A+      90+
A         85-
A-        81-
B+       77-
B         74-
B-        71-
C+       67-
C         64-
C-        59-
D         50-
F          0-    


Tentative Schedule    
Sept 9.       Lect1              Data Analysis and Logic of Statistical Inference (Assignment 1 out)
Sept 16.     Lect2            Logic of Statistical Inference  
Sept 23.     Lect3            Logic of Statistical Inference  
Sept 30.     Lect4            Logic of Statistical Inference (Assignment 2 out)    
Oct 7.        Lect5            directionality , illogicalities (Assignment 1 due)  
Oct 14.      Thanksgiving. no class.   
Oct 21.      Lect6         Concept of Relationship  
Oct 28.      Lect7         Midterm  
Nov 4.       Lect8          1-factor b.s. design (relationship between continuous d.v. and nominal i.v.)(Assignment 3 out
Nov 11.     Remembrance Day. no class. (Assignment 2 due by Wednesday, 13th, 4:00p.m., RCB4202)  
Nov 18.     Lect 9          relationship for 2 QC variables (Assignment 4 out)  
Nov 25.     Lect 10 p-way b.s. design (relationship between continuous d.v. and set of nominal i.v.s) (Assignment 3 due)  
Dec 2.       Lect 11
December 10. Assignment 4 due: 4:00p.m., RCB4202  
December 12. Final Exam. 12-3

Registrar Notes:

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