Psychology 3953: Quantitative Methods

This course elaborates and extends the statistical procedures covered in psychology 3933. Topics include univariate and multivariate analyses of variance for different research designs, single and multiple correlations, as well as various regression procedures. Prerequisite: psychology 3933

Textbook and Materials:

Green, S.B., Salkind, N.J., & Akey, T.M. (1997). Using SPSS for windows: Analyzing and understanding data. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall.

A pocket calculator is required.


Univariate analysis of variance techniques
Lessons 24, 25, 26, 28, and 29

Multivariate analysis of variance, correlation, and regression
Lessons 27, 30, 31, 32, and 33

Scaling procedures
Lesson 35, 36, and 37

Class Attendance

Students should attend all classes. Some of the questions on exams will come solely from lectures.

Quizzes and Exams

Quiz 15% of course grade
Open book exam 10% of course grade
Closed book exam 10% of course grade
Quiz 2 5% of course grade
Final as scheduled by registrar 40% of course grade

There will be no opportunity to write any make up quiz. A student's score on each quiz can be replaced by the percentage that he or she earns on the immediately following exam if either the student earns a higher percentage on the exam or the student misses the quiz and has an excuse acceptable to the instructor. If a student misses a test and has an acceptable excuse, the make-up exam will be over all information covered in class up until the student writes the make-up exam.

Topics of major assignments

one-way between ANOVA
two-way between ANOVA
two-way repeated measures ANOVA
mulivariate analysis of variance
correlation and regression

On each major assignment students will write a method section for a hypothetical study, generate hypothetical data that meets required specifications, use SPSS to analyze the results, and write a result section. Each major assignment is worth 4% of course grade. If the method section is incompatible with the analysis of the results, 50% of the possible points on the homework may be lost.

At a specified date before the due date of each major assignment, students will give the professor at the start of class a hand written copy of the hypothetical means and data for individual participants that the student generated. In addition, the student will show the professor a copy of their title page and method section. Unless the student has an acceptable excuse, the value of a late assignment will decrease by 10% per day until that assignment has been returned in class. Once an assignment has been returned, that assignment will not be accepted for course credit. If a student has a valid reason for missing an assignment, then the student will be given an opportunity to complete an alternative assignment (i.e., analysis of covariance).

Minor assignments will usually consist of answering questions in the text book and working with the text books data. Altogether minor assignments are worth 10% of a student's course grade. Minor assignments will be due mainly in the second half of the term.

Academic misconduct

As indicated on pages 216 and 217 of the St. Thomas University Calendar, "plagiarism or cheating is unacceptable and may result in suspension or expulsion from the university." Definitions of cheating and plagiarism are given in the university calendar.

Letter grade equivalents

A+ 95-100% B+ 80-85% C+ 65-70% D 50-55%
A 90-95% B 75-80% C 60-65% F 0-50%
A- 85-90% B- 70-75% C- 55-60%

Dr. Delbert Brodie
Psychology 2013: Introductory Statistics
Psychology 3933: Advanced Statistics

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