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Unit description

Equips students with conceptual and practical skills in research design and the conduct of behavioural research, including experimental and non-experimental research designs. Students will also be introduced to critical evaluation of evidence, groupwork, data analysis, data interpretation, and communication. Students will gain hands on experience conducting survey research, including formulating research questions, designing a questionnaire, and collecting and analysing data using basic quantitative analyses.  

Unit content

  • Generating real-world research ideas and working with existing literature
  • Selecting appropriate research designs and methodologies
  • Defining and measuring variables
  • Designing and conducting survey research: Creating effective survey instruments
  • Selecting an appropriate sampling method
  • Collecting, analysing and interpreting data: Statistics for beginners
  • Designing and conducting observational research
  • Designing and conducting experiments
  • Designing and conducting ethical and culturally appropriate research
  • Designing and conducting qualitative research 
  • Designing and conducting applied research and program evaluation

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:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1distinguish between different methods for conducting research based on their relative merits for the investigation of applied behavioural questions Knowledge of a discipline
2evaluate specific research methods in terms of their likely impact in the communityKnowledge of a discipline
3identify sources of insight regarding important behavioural phenomena from a reading of the research literature and other relevant bodies of informationLifelong learning
4conduct empirical research and report it in a form suitable for publication.Communication and social skills

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

  1. distinguish between different methods for conducting research based on their relative merits for the investigation of applied behavioural questions
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. evaluate specific research methods in terms of their likely impact in the community
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. identify sources of insight regarding important behavioural phenomena from a reading of the research literature and other relevant bodies of information
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. conduct empirical research and report it in a form suitable for publication.
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • Burton, L, Goodwin, CJ, Goodwin, KA, Jose, P, Lambros, A, & Lamont-Mills, A, 2018, Psychology research methods, Wiley & Sons, Australia. ISBN: 978 1 118 36002 6.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Workshop online 2 hrs (6 weeks)
Assessment
Quiz20%
Report40%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
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International

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