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Undergraduate Course: Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will focus on the general linear model (GLM) and discuss multiple regression, ANOVA as a linear model and data reduction methods.
Course description This course builds on the knowledge acquired in Research Methods and Statistics, focusing on the linear model and data reduction methods. Specifically, the course will begin with a refresher of simple regression, and then build to discuss multiple regression including interactions, model evaluation and model building. The course will then discuss and demonstrate the equivalence of ANOVA and regression. The last section of the course will cover data reduction methods and cover the fundamentals of survey design, principal components analysis, and factor analysis.

The course is taught via a mix of lectures, labs, problem sets and homework. Students will be encouraged to participate in group discussions in all aspects of the course, but are especially encouraged to make use of office hours. The regular homework exercises will provide a means of tracking student development and be a source of regular formative feedback.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should be studying Psychology as their degree major, and have completed at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above. We will only consider University/College level courses.
This course teaches using the R statistical package. If you have no experience with R, please contact the course organiser to arrange access to tutorial materials to be completed before the start of the course. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.
**Please note that upper level Psychology courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 1. Understand multiple regression for continuous outcomes including interactions, interpretation, model assumptions, and when models should be applied.
  2. 2. Understand the relationship between ANOVA and regression under the general linear model and be able to implement basic coding schemes for categorical predictors.
  3. 3. Understand the principles of scale construction and data reduction methods including interpretation, model assumptions and methods to assess them.
  4. 4. Use R to practically conduct the analytic methods taught in the course.
  5. 5. Present and interpret the results of the analytic methods taught in the course.
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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordspsychology,statistics,research methods
Course organiserDr Thomas Booth
Tel: (0131 6)50 8405
Course secretaryMs Alex MacAndrew
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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