Structural Equation Modelling - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: SP3
  • Availability for 2018: SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments - 40% , Invigilated Exam - 50% - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,600.00
Domestic continuing 2,472.00
International 2,850.00
International continuing 2,722.00

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This unit is designed as an introductory, applied course in the use of Structural Equation Models (SEM) in research. The aim of this subject is to provide students with a broad understanding of structural equation modeling, its underlying theory and potential uses in research, as well as an awareness of its strengths and limitations. It is designed to give students the skills to competently design, assess, and interpret simple research models across multiple discipline areas using structural equation modeling techniques.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to: 
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic theory and principles of structural equation modelling
  2. Examine an appropriate computer package to design, draw and assess structural equation models
  3. Argue the need for parcelling and allowance for measurement error
  4. Criticise the use of reflective measurement models in formative situations
  5. Evaluate the use of structural equation modelling for means testing
  6. Create longitudinal models using structural equation modelling
  7. Critically assess research publications using structural equation modelling techniques.
  • Assignments — 40%
  • Invigilated Exam — 50%
  • Quizzes — 10%
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HMS791 — Structural Equation Modelling

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

  • Other special requirement — You will require access to a recent version of SPSS and AMOS for this unit.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Multiple linear regression
2Multiple linear regression using SPSS and AMOS
3Exploratory factor analysis review
4Exploratory factor analysis using SPSS and AMOS
5Introduction to SEM
6Model specification, identification and estimation
7Further model building
8Interpreting AMOS output
9Assessing model fit
10Model respecification
11Model cross-validation
12Models for directly observed variables
13One factor congeneric models
14Data problems
15Confirmatory factor analysis
16Second order factor analysis
17Dealing with model problems
18Full structural equation models for latent variables
19Testing for mediation
20Testing competing theoretical models
21Invariance testing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
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