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PS10088: Quantitative methods 1

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Report 1 (CW 40%)
  • Report 2 (CW 60%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this unit you must take PS10087
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with the basic skills required for the analysis and interpretation of parametric and non-parametric statistical analyses in psychology.

Learning Outcomes:

* Be able to use SPSS for Windows to enter, manipulate and analyse quantitative data.
* Be able to select and perform the appropriate statistical analyses for basic psychology experiments.
* Be able to accurately interpret and report the output of statistical analyses.


* Can demonstrate a systematic knowledge of a range of statistical analyses, and be aware of their limitations. (T/F A)
* Can detect meaningful patterns in behaviour and experience and evaluate their significance. (T/F A)
* Can pose, operationalise and critically evaluate research questions.
* Can demonstrate substantial competence in research skills through practical activities. (T/F)
* Can reason statistically and use a range of statistical methods with confidence. (T/F A)
* Can comprehend and use numerical, statistical and other forms of data, particularly in the context of presenting and analysing data sets. (T/F A)
* Is computer literate and is confident in using statistical software. (T/F A)
* Is able to take charge of their own learning, and can reflect and evaluate personal strengths and weaknesses for the purposes of future learning. (T/F).

Students will be introduced to SPSS and have instruction in the following statistical methods:
* Data and variable views, entering data and manipulating data using SPSS;
* Descriptive statistics, split file, select cases, Cronbach's alpha and testing whether the normality of distributions using SPSS;
* Sampling distributions and standard error;
* Introduction and assumptions of parametric and non-parametric statistics;
* Performing the paired-samples t-test and Wilcoxon signed rank test;
* Performing the independent-samples t-test and Mann Whitney U test;
* Performing chi-square analysis;
* Performing Pearson product-moment correlation and Spearman's rank order correlation.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS10088 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.