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PSY5020 Quantitative Methods in Psychology & Social Sciences: Home

Course Description

This course provides the full range of knowledge and skills needed to conduct experimental and correlational research in psychology and other social sciences and education. Two analytical frameworks and procedures are covered - analysis of variance (ANOVA) as the analytical tool for experimental research and multiple regression used in correlational research. Complex ANOVA designs and analyses and advanced correlational data analysis such as structural equation modeling will be covered in this course. This course requires that students have (1) equivalent undergraduate training in these areas (to be approved by the ProgrammeDirector); or (2) taken PSY5010.

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