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PSY4111 Multivariate Analysis

Semester 1, 2013 On-campus Springfield
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Psychology
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Hong Eng Goh
Moderator: Yong Goh


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: BPSH or BSCH in Psychology major (12302)


Students undertaking fourth year study in Psychology need to be able to evaluate a variety of statistical designs in published research. A large portion of published studies in Psychology use multivariate analysis. This course encourages students to develop both a practical and theoretical understanding of these analysis techniques, which will allow them to evaluate existing research and apply these insights to their own research. This course also forms a major foundation for student research at Masters and PhD level, and for the data analytic aspects of professional elective courses.


The course reviews key aspects of research methodology and elementary statistics covered in undergraduate methodology courses, and uses this as a basis for exploring common multivariate analysis techniques. The techniques are covered in readings and learning activities. Students are also required to carry out analyses (including the evaluation of parametric assumptions) using statistical software. Students are required to demonstrate their practical competence in assignments and are encouraged to participate in ongoing discussion forums designed to assist their learning. This course is also supported by four compulsory workshops during the semester where students can gain a further understanding of multivariate analysis and its role in contemporary research.


On completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. identify appropriate statistical techniques to address various kinds of research questions;
  2. use SPSS to explore, visualise and evaluate typical univariate and multivariate research data and draw appropriate conclusions from the program output;
  3. demonstrate competence in the reporting of multivariate findings;


Description Weighting(%)
1. Data Screening and Discriminant Analysis 25.00
2. ANOVA Methods 25.00
3. Exploratory Factor Analysis 25.00
4. Multiple Regression Methods 25.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Field, A 2013, Discovering statistics using SPSS, 4th edn, Sage, Thousand Oaks, CA.
    (ISBN: 9781446249185.)
  • SPSS Graduate Pack (recommended) or Student Version 13 or higher. (Students should discuss with supervisor of Honours Project before purchase). For Toowoomba and Springfield students this is an optional purchase.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
  • Meyers, L, Gamst, G & Guarino, A 2006, Applied Multivariate Research: Design and Interpretation, Sage, Thousand Oaks, Boston.
    (ISBN 1412904129.)
  • Tabachnick, BG & Fidell, LS 2006, Using Multvariate Statistics, 5th edn, Allyn and Bacon, Boston.
    (ISBN 0321056779.)

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 45.00
Private Study 85.00
Residential Schools 32.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 30 30 26 Feb 2013 (see note 1)
ASSIGNMENT 2 30 30 26 Feb 2013 (see note 2)
LABORATORY TEST 20 20 26 Feb 2013 (see note 3)
QUIZ 20 20 26 Feb 2013 (see note 4)

  1. Examiner will notify dates of assignments during semester.
  2. Examiner will notify dates of assignments during semester.
  3. Examiner will notify dates of assignments during semester.
  4. Examiner will notify dates of assignments during semester.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is mandatory that students attend the workshops scheduled for them and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, laboratories and practical work), and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    Not applicable.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after general feedback has been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    Not applicable.

  6. Examination information:
    As there are no examinations in this course, there will be no deferred or supplementary examinations.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Students may be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be dispatched to the USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request to do so.

  2. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  3. In accordance with University Policy, the Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  5. APA style is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use APA style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ Library's referencing guide.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to email (umail) and internet access to UConnect for this course.