PSYCH30720B (HAM)
Psychological Research Methods
15 Points
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Jaimie Veale
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JK.1.03
jaimie.veale@waikato.ac.nz

Oleg Medvedev
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K.1.23
oleg.medvedev@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description
This paper introduces students to a range of research theories and methods, preparing them to be critical consumers of Psychological Research.
Introduce a range of psychological research methods.
Introduce methods of quantitative and qualitative research.
Introduce computer‐assisted data analysis.
Facilitate the understanding of research.
Facilitate the design of novel research.
Paper Structure
There are two 2hour lectures per week and you need to watch both lectures each week. All lectures are recorded on Panopto and will be available on Moodle.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
Three Online Tests (60%)
Students will sit for three tests in the semester. Each test is worth 20% of the students' final marks. The tests will be in the format of an online Moodle quiz. The test is openbook, which mean students are allowed to refer to any lecture material, readings or handwritten notes.
Two Laboratory Reports (40%)
Students will be provided with raw data to conduct statistical analysis (e.g.correlation, multiple regression, factorial ANOVA). Students will:
1) Conduct statistical analysis using software packages (e.g. IBM SPSS).
2) Report and interpret the results by writing a laboratory report.
More details about these assignments will be provided in the labs and on Moodle.
Please ask the lab instructors or teaching assistant any questions that you may have regarding the laboratory report. They are there to help you and guide your work.
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.
Required and Recommended Readings
Required Readings
Recommended Readings
I recommend the following statistical texts for more information on the statistics, and help with the lab exercises:
Field, A. (2018). Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics (5th ed.). Sage: Los Angeles. ISBN 978‐1‐526419514. (Earlier editions are fine.)
Cumming, G., & CalinJageman, R. (2017). Introduction to the new statistics: Estimation, open science and beyond. Routledge: New York. ISBN 9781138825529.
Other Resources
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Workload
The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15‐point undergraduate paper (offered over one semester) is approximately 12 hours per week, including class contact time. This is only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
In PSYC307 you have 4 hours of lectures each week plus 2 hours of laboratories. You will need to budget for independent study each week to read course materials and prepare for tests. You may work on laboratory exercises in your own time and bring them to class to be signed off.
Linkages to Other Papers
Prerequisite(s)
Prerequisite papers: PSYCH211 or PSYC208
Restriction(s)
Restricted papers: PSYC307