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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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • 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)
Exam: closed book40%

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Fee information


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