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201209 - FALL 2012 - PSYC305 - Statistics for Experimental Design - Syllabus

201209 - FALL 2012 - PSYC305 - Statistics for Experimental Design - Syllabus

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PSYC 305: Statistics for Experimental DesignFall 2012
ClassesLecture (Stewart Biology Building S1/4) : T & TR 1:05 1:55Computer Lab (Stewart Biology Building N4/17) : MInstructor : Heungsun HwangOffice : STBIO W7/3NTelephone : 514-398-8021Email : heungsun.hwang[at]mcgill.caOffice Hour : M 2:30 3:30 pmTAs : Elia Nahas (elia.nahas[at]mail.mcgill.ca)Jungkyu Park (jungkyu.park[at]mail.mcgill.ca)Lixing Zhou (lixing.zhou[at]mail.mcgill.ca)
NOTE: This course outline is subject to change without prior notice.Prerequisite:
PsychologyPSYC 204or an equivalent introductory statistics course.
Course Description:
This course aims to introduce students to the basic concepts of statistical methods for theanalysis of the data obtained from experimental designs and other research studies. The course ishands-on, methodologically oriented. Upon completing this course, students are expected to havea working knowledge of the basic quantitative techniques and tools commonly used inpsychology and other fields.
Course Method:
This course will utilize lectures and “hands-on” lab exercises. There are
textbooks requiredfor the course. Nonetheless, the following books may be useful to facilitate the understanding of many topics/problems discussed in the class.
Abdi, H., Edelman, B., Valentin, D., & Dowling, W. J. (2009).
 Experimental Design and  Analysis for Psychology.
Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Ferguson, G. A., & Takane, Y. (1989).
Statistical Analysis in Psychology and Education(6 
Edition). New York: McGraw-Hill
Field, A. (2005).
 Discovering Statistics Using SPSS (2nd Edition)
. London: SagePublications.
Keppel, G., & Wickens, T. D. (2004).
 Design and Analysis. A Researcher’s Handbook (4
New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
Each week, students are to participate in two lecture classes (Tuesday and Thursday) and onecomputer-lab class (Monday). The computer lab class will be given in
. In the labclass, under the guidance of a teaching assistant, students will learn how to use
SPSS for 
for the actual applications of the statistical methods that they have learned from lectureclasses. Students can choose
of 8 lab sessions available on Mondays as follows:Until the end of the first week, students are required to decide which computer lab session theywill attend during the semester, and to register for the session of their choice on Minerva. Notethat the maximum number of students per session is
. Students are not permitted to register forthe session that reaches this maximum capacity. Moreover, students are not allowed to move toother sessions after their session registration is complete.
Grading Policy:
Your course grade will be computed as follows:
Individual assignments (8) 40 % (5% per assignment)
Mid-term exam 25 %
Final exam 35 %
Mid-term and Final exams:
Students will have a mid-term exam in the week of October 22. The time and location will beannounced. The mid-term exam will be based on multiple-choice questions which cover sessions1-7, inclusively. There will be NO
make-up exam for the midterm. The final exam will cover theentire course. Under special circumstances (e.g., illness, family emergency) the final exam willserve as a make-up midterm and count for 80% of the midterm grade. Both exams are closed-book.
Individual Assignments:
Working on an individual-basis, students are required to conduct in-depth quantitative analysisof various data sets by using SPSS for Windows. For all assignments, students are permitted toask teaching assistants questions. However, they are not to discuss solutions/answers or what thesolutions/answers should be, either with teaching assistants or with their fellow students prior tosubmission. If some students are suspected of not abiding by this requirement, they will beawarded a mark of 0 for that assignment. Ultimately, this requirement is imposed so that theassignments remain individual efforts. Also, note that late assignments will not be accepted.Students are required to submit all assignments to their teaching assistant at the beginning of computer lab class on assignment due date (refer to a tentative class schedule on page 4). Noelectronic submission of assignments will be permitted. Specific individual assignments are asfollows:
MondaySession 1 9:00 - 9:50 amSession 2 10:00 - 10:50 amSession 3 11:00 - 11:50 amSession 4 12:00 - 12:50 pmSession 5 1:00 1:50 pmSession 6 2:00 2:50 pmSession 7 3:00 3:50 pmSession 8 4:00 4:50 pm
Assignment #1 : t tests
Assignment #2 : One-way ANOVA
Assignment #3 : Two-way ANOVA
Assignment #4 : One-way repeated measures ANOVA
Assignment #5 : Nonparametric statistics
Assignment #6 : Correlation and simple regression
Assignment #7 : Multiple regression
Assignment #8 : Analysis of covariance
:The passing grade for this course is a C. A supplemental or deferred exam will be available onlyfor (1) those who obtain a D or F in the course; or (2) those who miss the scheduled final examfor an acceptable reason. A supplemental exam will be worth 80% of the final exam. Applicationto write a supplemental or deferred exam must be made to the Office of the Associate Dean of Arts/Science in Dawson Hall. The supplemental or deferred exam will be offered in thesupplemental exam period in August.
McGill University values academic integrity. Therefore all students must understand themeaning and consequences of cheating, plagiarism and other academic offences under the Codeof Student Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures (seewww.mcgill.ca/students/srr/honest/ formore information).In accord with McGill University’s Charter of Students’ Rights, students in this coursehave the right to submit in English or in French any written work that is to be graded.

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