GPS 502 Syllabus

Psychological Statistics

Spring Semester 2001

Sungshin Women's University


 

Course Description

This course covers the statistics most frequently used in psychological research.  Students well learn how to read and interpret these statistics in published psychological research as well as how to apply them to the analysis of their own research projects.  Students will learn how to select the appropriate statistics, collect the data in a controlled manner, analyze the data, interpret the results and report those results in proper scientific format.

Texts

Webster, S.K. (2001). Hand in Hand: Research Design and Statistics in Psychology.  Open Mind: http://OMPG.com/index.html.

Supporting Text:  Trochim, W. (1999). The Research Methods Knowledge Base, 2nd Edition. Cornell Custom Publishing, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

Optional:  There are many SPSS tutorials available in the Korean Language.  Students who wish to have a print version of SPSS instruction should select one that fits their goals and level of understanding.

Course Outline (May be revised)

Scales of Measurement
Descriptive Statistics
    Central Tendency
    Dispersion
Inferential Statistics
    Hypothesis Testing
    t-tests
    Analysis of Variance
    Analysis of Covariance
Measures of Association
    Correlation
    Regression
Multivariate Statistics
    Factor Analysis
    Cluster Analysis
 

Course Mastery Evaluation

Course mastery will be determined through assessment of course requirements:
Assignments (25%)
There will be homework assignments covering each course topic.
Exams (50%)
There will be three exams spaced evenly throughout the semester.    Each exam will be comprehensive in that the second portion of the course depends upon the first section, and the third section depends upon the previous two.
Term Project (25%)
Students will engage in a team term project that will be presented through a formal written paper (APA style).    (Students who are already engaged in research projects outside this course may demonstrate their knowledge of the course content through those projects.)

Policies

Class Attendance: All class members are expected to attend class, participate actively in discussion and participate on a team
project.

Academic Integrity:  Plagiarism is using another personís words or ideas without giving credit to that person by citing his or her
work.  The penalty for plagiarism on written work is an automatic zero grade for the assignment.

Class Courtesy:  Please do not disrupt class by receiving telephone calls in class or by leaving class early.  If you must be late for
class, please enter quietly.

Class Web Site:  http://www.psych.westminster.edu/websters/gps502-ws/

The class web site is a resource for information about assignments, class notes and class discussion using an electronic bulletin
board. Students may earn extra credit points on quizzes through participation in the Bulletin Board Discussions.