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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces the general concepts, ethics, and methodology of scientific research as it applies to the discipline of psychology. Topics include methods of observation, measurement, and assessment used in psychology and the effective use of information resources. Students will engage in oral and written presentation of the material covered.

Unit content

  1. The scientific method
  2. Ethics in psychology (research and professional issues)
  3. Descriptive methods
  4. Archival research
  5. Experimental methods
  6. Complex designs
  7. Applied research
  8. Single case and small 'n' research
  9. Quasi-experimental designs
  10. Analysis and reporting of research

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 analyse the nature of the term 'science' from several different perspectives and explain the scientific features of psychology
2 explain the nature of hypotheses and theories
3 describe the nature and techniques of a range of research methodologies and assess the appropriateness of each to individual research questions
4 identify and describe basic descriptive statistics and statistical concepts (such as measures of central tendency, standard deviation, statistical significance)
5 interpret the nature and relative importance of scholarly articles, journals, and other forms of publication
6 use the Library and Internet to gather information and demonstrate the ability to synthesise such information.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. analyse the nature of the term 'science' from several different perspectives and explain the scientific features of psychology
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. explain the nature of hypotheses and theories
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. describe the nature and techniques of a range of research methodologies and assess the appropriateness of each to individual research questions
    • GA4:
  4. identify and describe basic descriptive statistics and statistical concepts (such as measures of central tendency, standard deviation, statistical significance)
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. interpret the nature and relative importance of scholarly articles, journals, and other forms of publication
    • GA4:
    • GA6:
  6. use the Library and Internet to gather information and demonstrate the ability to synthesise such information.
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Shaughnessy, J, Zechmeister, B & Zechmeister, S, 2014, Research Methods in Psychology, 10th edn, McGraw-Hill. ISBN: 9780077825362.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.