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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.

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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
2 Compose a literature review in response to a research question
3 Design a research project to address a psychological question or hypothesis
4 Design a means for collecting empirical data pertaining to a research question
5 Produce a research proposal that outlines the rationale for the research question, and which specifies appropriate methodologies and analyses
6 Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of submitting an ethics application to the SCU HREC.

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

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

Prescribed texts

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