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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Develops students’ skills in the conduct of behavioural research involving observational, archival, correlation, qualitative, and survey data. Students will formulate appropriate research questions relating to behavioural phenomena in the natural world and applied contexts, design appropriate methods for investigation of these phenomena, and participate in the scholarly dissemination of their work.

Unit content

  1. Observational and naturalistic data collection
  2. Archival and non-reactive methods
  3. Qualitative data techniques
  4. Choosing the best research methodology and optimising your research insight
  5. Conducting a contemporary literature review: distilling what is known
  6. Descriptive quantitative data techniques
  7. Understanding the relationship between research instruments and resulting data
  8. Applied research and program evaluation
  9. Translational research
  10. Maximising your reach through social media

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 distinguish between different methods for conducting research based on their relative merits for the investigation of applied behavioural questions
2 evaluate specific research methods in terms of their likely impact in the community
3 identify sources of insight regarding important behavioural phenomena from a reading of the research literature and other relevant bodies of information
4 conduct empirical research and report it in a form suitable for publication.

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

  1. distinguish between different methods for conducting research based on their relative merits for the investigation of applied behavioural questions
    • GA4:
  2. evaluate specific research methods in terms of their likely impact in the community
    • GA4:
  3. identify sources of insight regarding important behavioural phenomena from a reading of the research literature and other relevant bodies of information
    • GA5:
  4. conduct empirical research and report it in a form suitable for publication.
    • GA6:

Prescribed texts

  • Top Hat is an interactive textbook and homework platform accessible from your laptop, mobile phone or tablet. Note: this is an ONLINE-only resource: Freburg, L, 2017, Research Methods in Psychological Science: A Top Hat Interactive Text, Top Hat. ISBN: 9781773300952.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.