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Unit Summary

Unit type

Hons Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

8

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides a critical evaluation of data analysis techniques and current approaches to best practice evaluation techniques in the applied setting. Describes contemporary alternatives to null hypothesis testing in the context of their value for real-world professional conduct within a scientist-practitioner framework. Supports best practices in data management, programme evaluation and scientific and applied dissemination of outcomes and utilises a combination of problem based learning applied to a project and student reflective practice.

Unit content

  • Designing an effective data analysis strategy: Issues and resolutions
  • Introduction to the “New” statistics: effect size estimation
  • Alternatives to NHT: Bayes and p-rep
  • Research in the real world: single case designs
  • Research in the real world: time series
  • Real world applications: programme evaluation
  • Real world applications: Big data
  • Good data practices

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 select appropriate models for the design and analysis of single-subject data, and interpret the outcomes of these Knowledge of a discipline
2 provide a critical analysis of methodological practices in psychological research in an area of practical significance Intellectual rigour Communication and social skills
3 construct an effective proposal for a research project Knowledge of a discipline Communication and social skills

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

  1. select appropriate models for the design and analysis of single-subject data, and interpret the outcomes of these
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. provide a critical analysis of methodological practices in psychological research in an area of practical significance
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. construct an effective proposal for a research project
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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