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HPS201 - Research Methods in Psychology A

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 3: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Trimester 1: C Hyde

Trimester 2: C Hyde

Trimester 3: I Fuelscher


Prerequisite:HPS111 and HPS121
Incompatible with: HPS671, HPS771
Contact hours:

Trimester 1 and 3: 1 x 2 hour Blackboard Collaborate per week and 1 x 1.5 hour cloud (online) class per week

Trimester 2: 1 x 1 hour class per week; 1 x 2 hour laboratory per week, 1 x 1.5 hour cloud (online) class per week


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit will introduce students to a variety of parametric univariate statistics commonly used in psychology. The focus is on both a conceptual and analytical understanding, rather than strict computational problem solving. The unit progresses from a discussion of descriptive statistics and the foundation of hypothesis testing to the introduction of specific statistical tests such as the t-test, chi-square, Analysis of Variance, Correlation and Regression. An important focus of the unit is on understanding the logic underlying the various statistical analyses covered. The unit also emphasises links between specific statistical analyses and common study designs used in psychology. Students will be taught to analyse data primarily through definitional formulae, as well as a computer-based statistical package.


Final examination (2 hours) 60%, assignment (maximum 2000 words) 40%

Prescribed texts

Howell, DC 2012, Statistical Methods for Psychology, 8th edition, Thomson/Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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