East Carolina University
Department of Psychology
Instructor: Karl L. Wuensch
Office: Rawl 137 ------ Office Hours: Click here to see Karl's schedule.
Syllabus: Click here to see a formal list of the topics we shall cover this semester.
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Required Reading. You are responsible for reading materials on the list at Readings for Students in Graduate Statistics. This list includes materials for PSYC 6430, 7431, and 7433.
Class Meetings: We meet from 0900 until 1015 on Mondays and Wednesdays in Rawl 304.
There will be three components of your final grade:
Each of these three is, at semester's end, transformed to a 100 point scale, producing a P-score. The transformation is to divide each student's raw score by the mean raw score achieved by the top-scoring student. If there are fewer than 5 students in the class I may elect to compute P-scores as the percentage of the total possible points earned rather than of the top score. Each student's three P-scores will be averaged to yield a mean P-score, [M] . Grade cutoffs for mean P-scores are 90 for an A, 80 for a B, 70 for a C.
I shall also compute z-scores on the M's. The mean and the standard deviation I shall use will be computed from all registered students' M-scores after deleting any M's that are outliers, as defined by Tukey. If your z-score is +1/3 or more, you have an A; -2/3 or more, a B; -4/3 or more, a C; below -4/3, an F. You receive the higher of the two grades computed by the z-system and by the 10-point M system.
Late Work. I may elect not to accept late work or accept it with penalty. I may elect to give you a predicted score (predicted from your performance on other tasks) on a missed quiz rather than administering a make-up. To be fair to those students who complete their assignments on time, assignments turned in late can earn a score no greater than the lowest score earned by those students who completed their assignments on time. I may also apply a 10% penalty for a first late assignment, a 20% penalty for a second late assignment, a 30% penalty for a third late assignment, and so on.
Posting of Grades: If you would like to have your grades posted on the web, where you can view them at any time, you need to fill out the Grade Posting Form and return it to Professor Karl. To bring the form into your word processor, just click onto the link for the form. After you have filled out the form, give it to Professor Karl in hardcopy or as an attachment to email. Unless you complete this form, indicating that you wish to have your grades posted as described on the form, and deliver it to Professor Karl, your grades will not be posted.
Document Formats. You will be required to submit several documents, as attachments to email, this semester. Acceptable formats are .docx, .doc, or if necessary, .rtf. Not acceptable are .pages documents, as they are Mac-only documents, are a pain to convert, and do not convert well. Also not acceptable are pdf, htm, or html documents. When I grade your assignments, I use Word's track changes function to annotate your document, showing you what mistakes you made and how to correct them. Your document needs to be in Word format for me to do that. Learn more about Track Changes here.
Quizzes and Exams
The quizzes and exams will be multiple-choice, true-false, short answer, computational, and/or essay. You may use calculators that do not have the capacity to store text.
Make-up exams for those with acceptable and documented excuses may be orally administered. I may elect not to accept late work or to accept it with penalty. I may elect to give you a predicted score (predicted from your past performance) on missed work rather than administering a make-up. The penalty for any detected plagiarism or other cheating is failure in the course and a note to the chair of our department for further action.
Points may be earned by class participation. Students who do not wish to be evaluated on class participation can notify me in writing and I shall not call upon them in class. In lieu of class participation these students will prepare an APA-style manuscript reviewing the literature on some topic (approved in advance by me) in quantitative methods. The typed manuscript is due on the 31st of October.
I expect each of you to develop a journal reading list of American Psychologist, APA Monitor, Psychological Bulletin, (or other key journals in your area, if you are not in psychology) and at least three other journals which publish research reports in your area of interest. A Standing Assignment is to have available, for each major statistical technique we cover, a summary of published research that employs that technique. These may be graded as class participation or homework.
Research Presentation Towards the end of the semester each
student will deliver, in class, a 15 minute
research presentation. Grades on this presentation will comprise
between 25% and 50% of grading component C.
Plans for the Semester
In the Spring of 2019, in PSYC 7431, we covered the material noted in my DayPlans document. This semester I plan to start with an overview of multivariate statistics and then finish up my coverage of multiple regression analysis with an emphasis on mediation and moderation analysis. I expect also to cover, in detail, several of the other multivariate techniques that we covered only in overview earlier. If there are any of these in which you are exceptionally interested (for example, you expect to use for your thesis or dissertation), please do let me know so I'll try my best to cover them
Sending E-Mail to Karl
Please start the subject line with PSYC 7433: and then give a descriptive title -- for example, "PSYC 7433: Query regarding moderated mediation." Outlook sorts my email by the subject line, and if your subject line is properly composed, I will be sure to read it. If you do not, your email will end up here: , where it is unlikely to get much attention.
East Carolina University seeks to comply fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Students requesting accommodations based on a disability must be registered with the Department for Disability Support Services located in Slay 138 (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY).
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This page most recently revised on 21-August-2019. It is a living document -- expect it to change during the semester.
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