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PSYC3010 - Psychological Research Methods III

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Winnifred R. Louis (PhD McGill, 2001) is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland. Her research interests focus on the influence of identity and norms on social decision-making. She has studied this broad topic in contexts from politics and community activism to health and environmental choices. Winnifred has won a 2016 UQ Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, a 2012 honourable mention for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring Award, nomination by UQ in 2012 for Australian Teaching Excellence Awards, a 2011 University of Queensland Award for Teaching Excellence, a 2010 University of Queensland Commendation for Teaching Excellence, the 2009 Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (University of Queensland) Teaching Excellence Award; and a 2008 Pearson Education and Australian Psychological Society Early Career Teaching Award (a national award).

Psychology – research methods. This third year course is required and builds on two previous courses. It covers multivariate statistics – factorial ANOVA (between/mixed/within) and multiple regression (including mediation and moderation). Delivery is lecture-based with a weekly tute in weeks 2-12. There are many online activities and assessments throughout the term. The tute supports the assignments with a focus on learning SPSS (a computer stats software) and how to generate analyses from hypotheses and then interpret the results.

Academics are welcome at any time. The lectures in weeks 1 and 13 have more admin, and the lecture 12 is optional, so weeks 2-10 are your best bet for intense stats material. Weeks 2-4 are on ANOVA (distinguishing differences between groups) and weeks 6-9 are on regression (distinguishing associations between continuous variables). There are in class quizzes in weeks 3 and 4 (new this year) which may create interesting logistical chaos. Depending on your interests (and own previous stats knowledge) the tutes may be more watchable; you would need to check with Winnifred so that she can tee up the tutors.

I have experimented with a lot of large class management techniques like using technology, questions and active learning. I welcome all feedback and suggestions from peers as I wrestle with the challenge of maintaining attendance in my classes (usually drops to 30% by the end of the semester!). Managing the diversity of expectations and skills is also hard (statistical enjoyment in psychology is pretty polarized, with a smaller group of tolerant learners and keeners and a larger group of warm-hearted nurturing types who did not sign up for psychology for number games, thank you very much). So I’m looking forward to your great ideas.

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