Spring 2022 - PSYC 210 D900

Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 1602

Delivery Method: In Person

Overview

  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SRYC 3090, Surrey

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201W and BC high school Math 12 with a minimum grade of C (2.0) or BC high school Math 11 with a minimum grade of B- (2.67) or any level MATH or STAT course with a C- (1.67) or FAN X99 taken at SFU with a minimum grade of C (2.00).

Description

CALENDAR DESCRIPTION:

Covers basic descriptive and inferential techniques most appropriately applied to the various forms of data from psychological research. Quantitative.

COURSE DETAILS:

This course provides an introduction to fundamental descriptive and inferential statistics commonly used in contemporary psychological research. Statistical methods play a crucial role in the translation of empirical data into reasonable descriptions and conclusions.

COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:

The main goals of the course are to introduce students to the role of statistics in the description and analysis of data from commonly used research designs and to the underlying logic inherent to inferential statistical analysis.

Grading

  • Mid-Term Exam: 30%
  • Writing Assignments: 30%
  • Final Exam: 30%
  • Quizzes: 10%

NOTES:

Topics:

Specific topics that will be covered include displaying data, measures of central tendency and variability, probability, standard scores, sampling distributions, the logic of hypothesis testing, hypothesis tests on means, and basic methods for correlation and regression.

Hand calculators are required. Knowledge of basic mathematical functions and basic algebra are assumed. No special software will be used. Although some calculation will be required, the emphasis is placed on providing a solid theoretical understanding of introductory statistical methods.

Materials

REQUIRED READING:

Privitera, G. J. (2019). Essential statistics for the behavioral sciences (2nd ed.). Sage.

Registrar Notes:

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TEACHING AT SFU IN SPRING 2022

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