PSYC14047 - Advanced Data Analysis
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This module develops the analytic skills necessary for implementing applied psychological research and analysis. As such, the module provides for both theoretical input and a heavy component of computer based experiential exercises using the SPSS statistics package.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 4
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Academic Course = CU77 or CA44 or CC42

Residential Schools

This unit has a Optional Residential School for distance mode students and the details are:
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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Brisbane
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 20%
2. Practical Assessment 60%
3. Examination 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Some students suggested that they would have liked more detailed feedback regarding weekly quiz answers. Course evaluation comments Consider reviewing SPSS Practical feedback documents and providing extra details and look into creating a feedback system for eFIL quizzes.
Some students found long technical lectures hard to follow, particularly during the explanation of examples. Course evaluation comments Consider recording multiple shorter and more scripted lecture videos.
Students consistently reported that they found the iterative assessment approach involving weekly quizzes beneficial for their learning as they kept them up to date with content and provided immediate feedback on there progress Course evaluation comments Retain this aspect for future offerings
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Employ statistical writing skills to the level required for fourth-year psychology
  2. Implement applied psychological research analysis
  3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a variety of advanced analytic techniques
  4. Choose appropriate analyses relevant to specific research designs
  5. Write and present findings in a scientific format

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Practical Assessment  
3 - Examination      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication    
2. Problem Solving
3. Critical Thinking  
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice        

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)    
2 - Practical Assessment      
3 - Examination      

Prescribed Textbooks

SPSS Statistics Standard GradPack
Author/s: IBM Year: 2017
Edition: 2017 valid license Publisher: IBM
Country: Not applicable
Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics
Author/s: Andy Field Year: 2013
Edition: 4th Edition Publisher: Sage
City: London
Country: UK
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

A valid license (for the entire term) of IBM SPSS is required to complete this unit. The software may be purchased from the bookshop or online from the Australian distributor - Hearne Software (http://www.hearne.software). If you currently have a license of SPSS, please check when the license will expire and renew if necessary.

Previous editions of the Field text are not suitable as the 4th edition contains new chapters that are covered in this unit.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • IBM SPSS Statistics GradPack
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorMatthew Browne (m.browne@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Elements of advanced statistics

1,2

eFIL Quiz (Not graded)

SPSS Practical (Not graded)

Week 2 13-03-2017

Model bias

5

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 3 20-03-2017

Correlation

7

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 4 27-03-2017

Regression

8

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 5 03-04-2017

Comparing means (GLM1)

9,11

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Residential school (recommended, but non-compulsory) (Thurs/Fri, 6-7 April)

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Moderation and mediation

10

eFIL Quiz (Not graded)

SPSS Practical (Not graded)

Week 7 24-04-2017

Analysis of covariance (GLM2)

12

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 8 01-05-2017

Factorial ANOVA (GLM3)

13

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 9 08-05-2017

Repeated measures designs (GLM4)

14

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 10 15-05-2017

Mixed design ANOVA (GLM5)

15

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 11 22-05-2017

Exploratory factor analysis

17

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Week 12 29-05-2017

Logistic regression

19

eFIL Quiz

SPSS Practical

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

This course includes a non-compulsory residential school scheduled to occur at Brisbane campus on 6-7th April.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title eFIL Exercises (10 assessed + 2 non-assessed)
Task Description

eFIL (electronic Focused Interactive Learning) is an innovative method of assessment that encourages active learning and communication among students, irrespective of location. eFIL activities are incorporated into modules 2-5 and 7-12. Each eFIL exercise will comprise a weighted 2% of the unit grade. eFIL exercises also occur in weeks 1 and 6 but these do not contribute to your final unit grade.

What’s Involved?

Each week students will complete a multiple choice quiz containing 5 ‘complex-reasoning’ and content-knowledge questions. The quiz will be open from Monday morning 9:00 until the following Monday night 23:59 and questions will be based on that week’s unit content. Students need to attempt the quiz twice, with the second attempt being graded. After the first attempt you will have access to an eFIL Discussion forum for that week, which allows you to discuss the quiz with a small group of other students, before taking your second (and graded) attempt at the quiz. Each quiz is open for 20 minutes.

How is eFIL different from a normal quiz?

eFIL assessment provides students with the opportunity to discuss their answers with a small group of students online, just as if they were in a classroom tutorial session. Every week, after the first quiz attempt has been made, students will be able to enter a forum as part of a small group of students, where they will have the opportunity to discuss their answers and the reasons for these answers. All students will then take the quiz a second time; open until a following Monday night deadline; with the benefits of knowing the views of other students. Only the second quiz attempt is graded.

IMPORTANT: Students MUST attempt the quizzes for each week's content to accumulate credit. Each week, students must complete the 1st attempt at the quiz before being able to view and contribute to the discussion posts of their group. Due to the interactive nature of eFIL, there is NO opportunity to make-up eFIL exercises or receive extensions. However, with an approved application* , you are able to miss an eFIL quiz and still receive a grade of 50% (ie., a Pass) for the quiz for that week. Approvals to miss a quiz are limited to THREE per student throughout the semester; after this, students who miss a quiz will receive no marks for the missed quiz.

* supporting evidence is to be submitted to the unit co-ordinator via e-mail before the assessment is due (as per CQU extension requests)

Number of Quizzes 10
Frequency of Quizzes Weekly
Assessment Due Date Each weekly eFIL activity closes at 11:59pm on the Monday of the following calender week (e.g. Week 1 eFIL closes on the Monday of Week 2)
Return Date to Students Marked answers with solutions are available when the quiz closes and further feedback is provided via forums and weekly consultation sessions
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

Each quiz question is in multiple choice format and are weighted equally. Each individual eFIL activity is worth 2%. There are five (5) questions in each activity, and each question is weighted equally.

Submission Online

Quiz is completed via the Moodle site

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a variety of advanced analytic techniques

4. Choose appropriate analyses relevant to specific research designs

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



2 Practical Assessment

Assessment Title SPSS Practical Exercises (10 assessed + 2 non-assessed)
Task Description

Practical proficiency in analysing data will be assessed via the completion of data analysis exercises in SPSS. Due to the unit being offered by distance, data-sets and questions will be provided for analysis via Moodle in weeks 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. As in the case of the eFIL exercises, SPSS practicals also occur in weeks 1 and 6 but these do not contribute to your final unit grade.

Content Covered

Each SPSS practical exercise will cover material for that teaching week: i.e. SPSS practical 1 will cover material from teaching week 1. Importantly, the SPSS practical exercises will be based heavily on the 'Smart Alex's tasks' at the end of each chapter in the text. Therefore, students should ensure they complete and then read the feedback (available as supporting content from the publisher’s website) for the relevant Smart Alex's tasks before attempting the practical exercise. For example, students should complete all the Smart Alex's tasks for chapters 1 and 2 in week 1 before attempting the quiz. Student should also complete their review of the chapter content for that week before attempting the SPSS practical.

Timing

Each SPSS practical will open in the morning on the Monday of the current teaching week, and close at 11:59 on the following Monday. Note that the window for completing each assessment is the same as the eFIL quizzes. In contrast to eFIL, the SPSS practicals are not intended as group discussion exercises are and rather focused on developing your confidence to independently conduct and interpret statistical analysis. A time-limit of 2 hours is enforced for entering the answers of each SPSS practical. Therefore, students should ensure they take steps to avoid technical issues, are fully prepared, and have sufficient time to complete the questions before beginning the assessment.

Missing assessment

Due to the iterative nature of the SPSS practical assessment, and the need to maintain the integrity of the question bank, there is NO opportunity to make-up eFIL exercises or receive extensions. However, with an approved application* , you are able to miss an eFIL quiz and still receive a grade of 50% (ie., a Pass) for the quiz for that week. Approvals to miss a quiz are limited to THREE per student throughout the semester; after this, student's who miss a quiz will receive no marks for the missed quiz.

Further notes and advice for completing the SPSS practicals will be provided on the Moodle site.

*supporting evidence is to be submitted to the unit co-ordinator via e-mail before the assessment is due (as per CQU extension requests)

Assessment Due Date Each weekly SPSS practical activity closes at 11:59pm on the Monday of the following calander week (e.g. Week 1 eFIL closes on the Monday of Week 2)
Return Date to Students Fully detailed feedback and walkthroughs of each data analysis task will be made available immediately after the activity closes
Weighting 60%
Assessment Criteria

Each SPSS practical exercise is worth 6% of your unit grade, and will involve analysing data using SPSS. Grades are determined by answering 6 specific questions regarding the data, analysis and results via Moodle. Questions will be in a variety of formats. Some questions will be quite concrete (e.g. stating an item of SPSS output) whilst others will be require interpretation and judgement. Answers will be entered by students in a variety of formats, including entering a numeric value and selecting one or more statements from a list. Most questions are marked either correct (full marks for that item) or incorrect (no marks for that item). However questions that involve selecting one or more correct statements from a list will provide credit for partially correct answers. See document Guidelines for the eFIL & SPSS Practicals on Moodle website for further details.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Answers submitted via Moodle website

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Employ statistical writing skills to the level required for fourth-year psychology

2. Implement applied psychological research analysis

4. Choose appropriate analyses relevant to specific research designs

5. Write and present findings in a scientific format

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 20%
Length 150 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Calculator - non-programmable, no text retrieval, silent only.
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a variety of advanced analytic techniques

4. Choose appropriate analyses relevant to specific research designs

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence


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