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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences


Dr Stephen McKenzie


Monash Online

  • Teaching Period 3 2016 (Online)
  • Teaching Period 5 2016 (Online)


The aim of this unit is to provide students with a thorough understanding of statistical concepts to enable them to be informed in their chosen field. The unit begins with a review of univariate statistics and introduction to the philosophy of research design and analysis. More advanced statistical techniques are then systematically introduced. There is a focus on the understanding of the issues that may arise around the choice of appropriate statistical technique and preparation of data; critiquing decisions made to assist in the interpretation of findings. The content will be set in a context of the needs of professional psychologists and researchers whose interests present unusual methodological demands, which in turn may influence choices in research approach and statistical technique.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe a range of methodological and philosophical principles in research design, analysis and interpretation;
  2. Describe, apply and evaluate research designs and analyses used by psychologists;
  3. Apply scientific research principles to data in practice;
  4. Critique data with a view to preparation, analysis and interpretation;
  5. Operate SPSS to analyse data for analysis;
  6. Critique and record decisions made in the process of research examples distinguishing between fact and inference in sets of analyses.


6 x Secure Online Quizzes(MCQ)(30%)
Essay (1,500 words) 30%
Applied Analysis Project (2,000 words) 40%

Workload requirements

Students should expect to spend an average of 20-25 hours per week per unit. Broadly, this time will cover:
Video materials (2hrs)
Synchronous & asynchronous discussion (2hrs)
Synchronous web-based 'class-time' for skills-based activities (2hrs)
Weekly readings (4-6hrs)
Weekly skills-based assessment (4-6hrs, including formative assessment)
Knowledge-based assessment (4-5hrs, including revision)

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


Completed Bachelor's 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 (70%) for third year psychology units.


Must be enrolled in Graduate Diploma of Psychology Advanced (M5003)


PSY4001, PSY4002, PSY4011, PSY4012, PSY4021, PSY4022, PSY4100 and PSY4210