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Unit description

Provides students with the opportunity to obtain experience in designing empirical research, under supervision, in a specialised field of psychology. The unit will lead to a critical review of the research methodological and conceptual literature and a research proposal.

Unit content

  • Development of a research question
  • Completion of a literature review
  • Design a research project
  • Completion of a research proposal
  • Involvement and understanding of writing an ethics proposal

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
1Systematically and critically analyse empirical literature in psychologyIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
2Compose a literature reviewIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
3Design a research project to address a psychological question or hypothesisIntellectual rigour
4Design a means for collecting empirical data pertaining to a research questionIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skills
5Produce a research proposal that outlines the rationale for the research question, and which specifies appropriate methodologies and analysesIntellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills
6Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of submitting an ethics application to the SCU HREC.Intellectual rigourEthical practiceCommunication and social skills

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

  1. Systematically and critically analyse empirical literature in psychology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  2. Compose a literature review
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  3. Design a research project to address a psychological question or hypothesis
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  4. Design a means for collecting empirical data pertaining to a research question
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  5. Produce a research proposal that outlines the rationale for the research question, and which specifies appropriate methodologies and analyses
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the processes of submitting an ethics application to the SCU HREC.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial online 10 hrs (Across the session)
Assessment
Annotated bibliographySR
Research ProposalSR
Literature review100%

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hrs (12 wks)
Tutorial online 10 hrs (Across the session)
Assessment
Annotated bibliographySR
Research ProposalSR
Literature review100%
Notice

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

Domestic

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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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