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Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

24

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Pre-requisites

Be admitted to course: 3507245 - Bachelor of Psychological Science with Honours

Unit aim

Provides students with the opportunity to obtain experience in designing empirical research, under supervision, in a specialised field of psychology. The unit will lead to a critical review of the research methodological and conceptual literature and a research proposal.

Unit content

  • Development of a research question
  • Completion of a detailed literature review
  • Design a research project
  • Completion of a research proposal
  • Involvement and understanding of writing an ethics proposal

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Systematically and critically analyse empirical literature in psychology Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
2 Compose a literature review Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
3 Design a research project to address a psychological question or hypothesis Intellectual rigour
4 Design a means for collecting empirical data pertaining to a research question Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
5 Produce a research proposal that outlines the rationale for the research question, and which specifies appropriate methodologies and analyses Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Communication and social skills
6 Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of submitting an ethics application to the SCU HREC. Intellectual rigour Ethical practice Communication and social skills

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

  1. Systematically and critically analyse empirical literature in psychology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. Compose a literature review
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. Design a research project to address a psychological question or hypothesis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. Design a means for collecting empirical data pertaining to a research question
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. Produce a research proposal that outlines the rationale for the research question, and which specifies appropriate methodologies and analyses
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of submitting an ethics application to the SCU HREC.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.