Unit description

Enhances students’ skills in the conduct of experimental behavioural research. Students will gain access to resources, including staff and research students, supporting laboratory-based experimental research in psychology. They will design an experimental protocol for a study of their own choosing, and will engage in a number of experiments and maintain a laboratory journal in which they describe the outcomes of this activity.

Unit content

  1. The nature of experimentation: paradigms and processes
  2. Psychology as a theoretical science
  3. The role of equipment and technology in the advancement of scientific knowledge
  4. The ethics of experimentation in behavioural research
  5. The research protocol
  6. Scientific writing and the dissemination of knowledge
  7. Building a research career in behavioural science
  8. Case studies in behavioural research: The Honours student
  9. Case studies in behavioural research: The postgraduate student
  10. Case studies in behavioural research: The academic

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

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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