Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
Gold CoastSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Supports the development of applied research and scientific communication skills for students completing an honours degree in psychology. The nature and limitations of psychological research and its application in the scientist-practitioner model are discussed. Students will reflect on, and critically evaluate, their own research practices. A variety of methodological practices suitable for applied research in psychological practice will be described. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of good data management practices and the ethical imperatives applying to research forming the scientific foundations of practice in psychology.

Unit content

  • The scientist practitioner model.
  • Levels of evidence and challenges to null hypothesis testing.
  • Single case designs and analysis, reliable change index.
  • Quasi-experiments.
  • Interrupted time series and program evaluation.
  • Communicating psychological science to a practitioner audience.
  • Big data and health informatics
  • Open science, replication and good data practices.
  • Writing a research 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (9 wks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (10 wks)
Project proposalSR

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hr (9 wks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (10 wks)
Project proposalSR

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