10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This module is designed to introduce students to research methods and data analysis techniques through a series of lectures and small-group workshops. The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to learn about and employ statistical techniques through the use of practical examples and data collection exercises. Topics covered will include (1) an introduction to research methods and the research process (2) formulating research questions and hypotheses (3) descriptive statistics and presenting data (4) samples and population distributions and (5) statistical tests (e.g., parametric and nonparametric tests; correlational analyses) (6) qualitative methods (7) principles of psychometrics (8) reliability, validity and effect sizes.

Staff Contact: Julie Harris
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Course work(1500 words) and online course work e-portfolio

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Human Communication Sciences):

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