Unit description

Develops students’ skills in the conduct of behavioural research involving observational, archival, correlation, qualitative, and survey data. Students will formulate appropriate research questions relating to behavioural phenomena in the natural world and applied contexts, design appropriate methods for investigation of these phenomena, and participate in the scholarly dissemination of their work.

Unit content

  1. Observational and naturalistic data collection
  2. Archival and non-reactive methods
  3. Qualitative data techniques
  4. Choosing the best research methodology and optimising your research insight
  5. Conducting a contemporary literature review: distilling what is known
  6. Descriptive quantitative data techniques
  7. Understanding the relationship between research instruments and resulting data
  8. Applied research and program evaluation
  9. Translational research
  10. Maximising your reach through social media

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

  • Top Hat is an interactive textbook and homework platform accessible from your laptop, mobile phone or tablet. Note: this is an ONLINE-only resource: Freburg, L, 2017, Research Methods in Psychological Science: A Top Hat Interactive Text, Top Hat. ISBN: 9781773300952.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (12 wks)
Workshop online 2 hrs (Wks 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
Exam: closed book40%

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

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Fee information


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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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