Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Sunway First semester 2012 (Day)
South Africa First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Louise McLean


The aim of this unit is to provide students with a thorough understanding in statistical concepts that will enable them to remain up-to-date in their chosen field. The unit begins with a review of univariate statistics before addressing multivariate statistical techniques, focusing on the understanding of the issues underlying the choice of appropriate statistical technique, and the interpretation of findings. The content will be set in a context of methodological issues with special reference to the needs of professional psychologists, whose interests present unusual methodological demands which in turn influence choice of research approach and statistical technique.


After completing this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the impact of scientific research upon professional practice in psychology;
  2. Describe, apply and evaluate the different research methods used by psychologists
  3. Use an appropriate statistical package for analysing research data, such as the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSSx).


1 x 2 hr end of semester MCQ and short answer examination (open book, 70%)
2 (out of 6) practical assessment tasks (1,500 words; 15% each)

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Louise McLean

Contact hours

2 hours per week of lectures and 1 hour per week of tutorials and SPSSx training per fortnight


Completed Bachelors Degree and a major sequence in psychology approved by the Australian Psychological Society or qualification assessed as equivalent by the Australian Psychological Society, with a distinction average for third year psychology units.


PSY4200 and PSY4502