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Unit description

Introduces the general concepts, ethics, and methodology of scientific research as it applies to the discipline of psychology. Topics include methods of observation, measurement, and experimentation used in psychology and the effective use of information resources. Students will engage in oral and written presentation of the material covered.

Unit content

  • The scientific method
  • Ethics in psychology (research and professional issues)
  • Descriptive methods
  • Archival research
  • Experimental methods
  • Complex designs
  • Applied research
  • Single case and small 'n' research
  • Quasi-experimental designs
  • Analysis and reporting of research

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
1analyse the nature of the term 'science' from several different perspectives and explain the scientific features of psychologyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
2explain the nature of hypotheses and theoriesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3describe the nature and techniques of a range of research methodologies and assess the appropriateness of each to individual research questionsKnowledge of a discipline
4identify and describe basic descriptive statistics and statistical concepts (such as measures of central tendency, standard deviation, statistical significance)Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5interpret the nature and relative importance of scholarly articles, journals, and other forms of publicationKnowledge of a disciplineCommunication and social skills
6demonstrate the ability to synthesise informationCommunication and social skills

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

  1. analyse the nature of the term 'science' from several different perspectives and explain the scientific features of psychology
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain the nature of hypotheses and theories
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. describe the nature and techniques of a range of research methodologies and assess the appropriateness of each to individual research questions
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. identify and describe basic descriptive statistics and statistical concepts (such as measures of central tendency, standard deviation, statistical significance)
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. interpret the nature and relative importance of scholarly articles, journals, and other forms of publication
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
  6. demonstrate the ability to synthesise information
    • GA6: Communication and social skills

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 90 minutes (10 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography25%
Presentation15%
Quiz10%
Exam: closed book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 90 minutes (10 weeks)
Assessment
Annotated bibliography25%
Presentation15%
Quiz10%
Exam: closed book50%

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 90 minutes (10 weeks )
Assessment
Annotated bibliography25%
Presentation15%
Quiz10%
Exam: closed book50%
Notice

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