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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Develops students' understanding of the basic research methods and issues involved in a career in psychology. It extends upon the unit SCI11005 which formed the first part of the Laboratory Program in Psychology, and has been designed as a practical complement to BHS11002 Introduction to Psychology II. The unit aims to develop creative scientific skills in the context of a non-experimental research project. Its focus will be on developing a plan for a correlation-based research project - via the writing of an ethics application - and reporting on the outcomes - via oral presentation. This theme maps closely to the modules of study in BHS11002, but also includes knowledge of modules from BHS11001.

Unit content

Ethics frameworks: Preparing a research project via writing an ethics application
Discipline knowledge: Correlational research, methods and analysis, and research into personality
Discipline knowledge: Introduction to Excel and stimulus presentation software
Effective communications: Written and oral aspects of scientific communication

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 apply ethical frameworks in scholarly practice and develop elements of an ethics application to conduct a research project
2 analyse the data obtained from the project using Excel, including finding means, standard deviations and correlations between items
3 clarify and apply the basic principles underlying the conduct a correlational research project investigating relationships between several variables
4 communicate effectively in a written context: students will synthesize the findings of the research project in a poster presentation describing outcomes of the research project
5 communicate effectively in an oral context: students will present a compelling and well substantiated argument to support the outcomes of the project in an oral poster presentation.

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

  1. apply ethical frameworks in scholarly practice and develop elements of an ethics application to conduct a research project
    • GA1:
    • GA2:
  2. analyse the data obtained from the project using Excel, including finding means, standard deviations and correlations between items
    • GA2:
    • GA3:
  3. clarify and apply the basic principles underlying the conduct a correlational research project investigating relationships between several variables
    • GA3:
  4. communicate effectively in a written context: students will synthesize the findings of the research project in a poster presentation describing outcomes of the research project
    • GA2:
  5. communicate effectively in an oral context: students will present a compelling and well substantiated argument to support the outcomes of the project in an oral poster presentation.
    • GA2:

Prescribed texts

  • Copies are available in the University Library. Older versions are fine to use: O’Shea, RP & McKenzie WA, 2013, Writing for psychology, 6th edn, Cengage Learning, South Melbourne, Vic. ISBN: 9780170214681.
  • Copies are available in the University Library. Older/newer versions are fine to use: Weiten, W, 2013, Psychology: Themes and Variations, 9th edn, Thomson, Belmont CA.
  • This is a recommended (though not prescribed) text only: Strunk Jr, W & White, EB, 1999, The Elements of Style, 4th edn, Allyn & Bacon, Boston, MA.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.