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.
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.
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.
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)
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.