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Unit of Study PSYC2005 - Psychological Investigation I (2023)

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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.

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

identify conceptual, methodological, and analytical principles related to designing and conducting culturally appropriate and ethically sound research

evaluate various research designs, methodologies, and analytical approaches to make informed and culturally sensitive decisions

co-design, conduct, and analyse a methodologically and ethically sound study to answer a real-world research question

appropriately communicate the study and its findings using appropriate conventions

Prescribed learning resources

Prescribed Texts
  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed Resources/Equipment
  • IBM-SPSS. Students need to purchase, or have access to, the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). If purchasing SPSS, the "Base Grad Pack" is sufficient for this unit, although, you might need the "Standard Grad Pack" to complete Advanced Quantitative Methods in Psychology (STAT3001). SPSS can be downloaded as a 30 days free trial before license purchase, and there is the choice of 6-month, 12-month, or 2-year license.

  • Jhangiani, RS, Chiang, IA, Cuttler, C & Leighton, DC 2019, Research Methods in Psychology, 4th American edn. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence. Available from the Open Textbook Library:

    Clark-Carter, D 2019, Quantitative psychological research: The complete student's companion, 4th edn, Routledge, New York. ISBN : 9781315398129 (ePub) Available from the SCU Library


Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods.