MRes Psychology / Course details
Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Advanced Statistics Workshop
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||School of Biological Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Course unit overview
The module will consist of six workshops on: advanced analysis techniques in R (four workshops), MATLAB, and Bayesian statistics.
• The workshops on R will further develop students’ data wrangling, data visualisation, and statistical modelling skills in the R programming environment. They will also provide the opportunity to use a range of advanced R packages including lme4 for (generalised) linear mixed models.
• The workshop on MATLAB will introduce the MATLAB programming environment. It will cover programming and simulation-based statistics. The teaching will be complemented by real-time demos and after-class exercises.
• The workshop on Bayesian approaches to statistics will cover the application of Bayesian models.
To develop students’ abilities in data wrangling, programming (incl. data simulation) and analysis in R, mixed models, MATLAB, and Bayesian approaches to statistics.
To provide students working in small groups with the experience of advanced decision-making in the application of psychological statistics.
To provide students working in small groups with the experience of using software appropriate for each method (e.g., R, MATLAB) and with the interpretation of output files.
Having attended the course unit, students will be able to:
• demonstrate an understanding of the logic underlying the use of advanced linear models and (generalised) linear mixed models in R, programming in R and MATLAB, Bayesian approaches, and the range of circumstances appropriate for their use,
• conduct analysis involving regression, hierarchical linear models, generalised linear mixed models, taking appropriate decisions and approaches and applying specialist software.
Teaching and learning methods
Teaching and learning methods
In Semester 2 each workshop will consist of a four-hour session combining taught material with practical exercises based on psychological data sets and software.
Continuous assessment. Two assignments. Each topic will be formally assessed by a written assignment, worth 50% of the marks for this course unit.
Linear Mixed Modelling in R: the form of assessment varies from year to year. Each student will be required, for example, to carry out analysis based on provided data and write a short report of the analysis using R Markdown (1000 words equivalent).
Hackathon: the assessment will require each student to carry out data wrangling, data visualization, and statistical modelling on a large dataset of their choosing (e.g., downloaded from one of the ‘big data’ repositories such as Kaggle, Gapminder, or Google Dataset Search) or a large open dataset from a Psychological research area. The data wrangling, visualization, and modelling will be written up using R Markdown. (1000 words equivalent).
No information available.
- Field, A. (2009 or 2005). Discovering statistics using SPSS. London: Sage.
Either the second or third edition is good and contains a useful CD-ROM of examples.
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|Andrew Stewart||Unit coordinator|