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Undergraduate Courses in Quantitative Psychology

433 Behavioral Decision Theory (3). Prerequisite, Psychology 101 or permission of the instructor Simple mathematical and psychological models of judgment and choice, and related experiments, are treated, as are applications to real-world problems in medical, environmental, policy, business, and related domains. As announced.

530 Design and Interpretation of Psychological Research (3). Prerequisite, Psychology 210. Emphasis on methodological principles underlying the experimental and correlational research. Interaction of theory and practice in the design and interpretation of psychological studies. Spring. Panter.

531 Tests and Measurement (3). Prerequisites, Psychology 101 and 210. Basic psychometric theory underlying test construction and utilization. Detailed study of issues and instruments used in assessing intellective functioning, educational progress, personality, and personnel selection. As announced. Staff.

Graduate Advanced Courses in Quantitative Psychology

830 Statistical Methods in Psychology I (4). Prerequisite, a course in introductory statistics. Data analysis, sampling, applied probability, elementary distribution theory, principles of statistical inference. Fall. Thissen, Bauer, Chow.

831 Statistical Methods in Psychology II (4). Prerequisite, Psychology 830. Statistical estimation and hypothesis testing for linear models (ANOVA, ANCOVA, regression analysis); statistical models in the design and analysis of experiments. Spring. Panter, MacCallum, Curran.

840 Computational Statistics (3). Prequisite: Psychology 831 or permission of instructor. Current computational environments for data analysis and visualization are taught and used as a basis for understanding current (and creating new) methods of computational statistics and dynamic statistical graphics. Thissen.

841 Introduction to Multivariate Techniques for the Behavioral Sciences (3). Prerequisite: Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. An introduction to linear regression and multivariate statistical techniques employed in the behavioral sciences with particular emphasis on analytic techniques and interpretation of results. Alternate Years. Curran.

842 Test theory and Analysis (3). Prerequisite, Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. Survey of classical test theory and more recent developments in item analysis and test construction. Alternate years. Thissen.

843 Factor Analysis (3) Prerequisite, Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. Advanced topics in factor analytic models, multivariate correlational models, and analysis of covariance structures as applied in behavioral research. Alternate years. Panter, MacCallum.

844 Structural Equation Models with Latent Variables (3). Prerequisite, Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. Examination of a wide range of topics in covariance structure models, including their history, underlying theory, controversies, and practical use with major computer packages. Alternate years. Panter, MacCallum.

845 Latent Curve Models (3). Prerequisite Psychology 844 or permission of intructor. Theory and application of latent curve models for analysis of longitudinal data to represent individual differences in patterns of change over time. Including analysis of correlates and predictors of patterns of change over time. Alternate years. Curran.

846 Multilevel Models (3). Prerequisite Psychology 831 or permission of intructor. Theory and application of multilevel models for clustered and repeated measures data. Alternate years. Bauer, Curran.

850 Quantitative Psychology Forum (1) Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Quantitative Psychology, or permission of instructor. Research presentations by faculty and graduate students in Quantitative Psychology, and discussion and training in professional development issues and topics. Fall, Spring. Staff.

851 Multidimensional Scaling (3). Prerequisite: Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. Survey, with application to dissimilarity data, of the algebraic, geometric and computational bases of multidimensional scaling methods, with emphasis on individual differences models and nonlinear transformation. As Announced.

852 Mathematical Psychology (3). Permission of instructor required. Development and applications of mathematical models in theoretical and experimental psychology. Topics selected from learning, memory, perception, thinking, attention, decision making. As announced.

853 Analysis of Frequency Tables in Behavioral Sciences (3). Prerequisite: Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. An introduction to analysis of frequency data, including measures of association, and the use of log-linear models and logit models in the behavioral sciences. As announced.

854 Quantitative Research Synthesis (Meta-Analysis) (3). Prerequisite, Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. Survey including history; problem formulation; statistical concerns; describing and combining studies; combining p-values; testing for heterogeneity; accounting for moderator variables; fixed, mixed, and random effects models; publication bias; etc. Alternate Years.

859 Seminar in Quantitative Psychology (1, 2, or 3). Selected current topics in Quantitative Pyschology. Prerequisite, Psychology 831 or permission of the instructor. Time to be arranged. Staff.

Schedule of Course Offerings in Quantitative Psychology (Subject to Change)

The following information is provided to assist graduate students in planning their schedules for enrollment in courses in quantitative psychology. Following is a schedule of graduate level courses in quantitative psychology organized according to alternate years. To begin the sequence, Year A will be 2007-08 and Year B will be 2008-09. This schedule shows only those courses that are to be offered according to a systematic schedule. Every effort will be made to offer these courses according to this schedule, although unforeseen events may occasionally require some changes. Additional courses including advanced seminars will be offered almost every semester, but will be announced only on a year-to-year basis.

Year A (2007-08 and subsequent alternate years)

Fall Semester
830 – Statistical Methods in Psychology I
846 – Multilevel Models

Spring Semester
831 – Statistical Methods in Psychology II
842 – Test Theory and Analysis
845 – Latent Curve Models

Year B (2008-09 and subsequent alternate years)

Fall Semester
830 – Statistical Methods in Psychology I
843 – Factor Analysis

Spring Semester
831 – Statistical Methods in Psychology II
844 – Structural Equation Modeling

Other courses to be offered frequently:

840 – Computational Statistics
859 – Seminar in Quantitative Psychology (Various topics including: Item Response Theory; Advanced Topics in Factor Analysis and Structural Equation Modeling; Research Methods in Quantitative Psychology)

Additional courses will be offered with varying frequency and will be announced on a year-to-year basis.